Hit-and-run victim taken off life support, Schneider pleads 'not guilty'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The family of 19-year-old Justin Duft tells us he has been taken off life support today after a week of being on palliative care at Baptist Hospital. 

Nathan Schneider, who turned himself into Little Rock Police just yesterday, pleaded not guilty to 1st Degree Battery this morning, but now his charges could be changed.

The prosecuting attorney on this case admits it could be a few weeks before additional charges, if any, are filed.

“The one thing we do know for sure is that there's a 19-year-old boy, with his whole life ahead of him, who's about to be pulled off the plug,” said Richard Bright with Taylor King Law. He’s representing the Duft family on the civil side of this case. 

It's been a week since an altercation, resulting in a hit and run, happened in a parking lot in West Little Rock. 

Now one victim dead is dead, a suspect behind bars, and a family is grieving the loss of their son. 

“Every case is different, facts are always different. The one thing we know is that the system is set up where we have faith in the prosecutors, the police officers and law enforcement, and investigators that the truth and justice will come out,” Bright said. 

Family members made a difficult decision today, as there was nothing left for doctors to do.

They describe Duft as a hard worker with a big heart, and that he had a bright future ahead of him.

"We'll see what happens today. But depending on where it goes, these charges will more than likely change with the prosecuting attorney,” said Bright. 

Schneider’s bond has been set to $500,000. 

The prosecuting attorney’s office must examine all circumstances surrounding the death before considering what to do next.

Jason Duft, Justin’s father, asks for privacy as the family deals with this untimely loss. 

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