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PADUCAH — A Paducah man accused in the deadly Dec. 30 shooting of a 22-year-old Tennessee woman was arraigned in McCracken County District Court Monday. 

The man, 20-year-old Jamell Diaz, is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Nikea Cope, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at Diaz's home in Paducah Wednesday morning. 

Police say Diaz told detectives he and Cope, who was his girlfriend, were arguing when he grabbed a gun to scare her. Police claim Diaz told them he put the gun to the side of her body, and it fired. 

Diaz faces charges of murder - domestic violence, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and possession of a gun by a felon. 

At the arraignment on Monday, a public defender was appointed for Diaz. His bond remains set at $1 million.

Diaz's next court appearance is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday.