SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a Springfield man charged with fatally shooting his former girlfriend can face a first-degree murder charge.

Terrance Brown is charged with killing 19-year-old Tyshianna Atkins on July 4. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

Mary Anne Stamm, Brown's lawyer, had argued that evidence given to the grand jury that indicted Brown does not sustain the first-degree murder charge against him. Stamm said there was no evidence supporting an indictment under any of the three possible theories of first-degree murder, and the 24-year-old Brown should be charged with second-degree murder or a lesser offense.

Prosecutors say Brown shot Atkins after she ended their relationship and started a new one.