He had been held without bail since his arrest in October.
According to Cuffie’s attorney, Michael Greene, and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, the teenager’s bail was set Thursday at $100,000.
Assistant District Attorney Desmond McCallum asked Superior Court Judge Bob Bell to set the amount at $500,000.
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Greene said he told Bell that amount was excessive.
“It doesn’t take $500,000 to guarantee the appearance of a 16-year-old kid who has only known Charlotte for his entire life,” Greene told the Observer after the hearing.
If he is freed, Cuffie will be under 24-hour house arrest and would have to wear an ankle monitor, according to Thursday’s ruling. A $100,000 bail requires about a $10,000 payment.
In November, a grand jury indicted Cuffie on a reduced charge of second-degree murder.
A video surfaced on social media the week of the shooting that is believed to include Cuffie and McKeithen, amid an off-campus fight that may have led to the shooting, The Charlotte Observer reported at the time.
Greene said his client had more than dozens of family and friends in the courtroom for his hearing.
He said it’s unclear when Cauffie’s family will have the money to allow him to be freed.