A grand jury has indicted a former North Syracuse Central School District teacher for allegedly shooting his brother-in-law to death during a drunken dispute.

55-year-old James Ball –  who retired from the district in October – was indicted for second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in connection with the July slaying at his Cicero home.

Prosecutors say Ball stepped away from the fight to load his weapon, and then fired four times at 40-year-old Christopher Ross.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on Chinkapin Circle in Cicero early in the morning on the Fourth of July.

They say Ross was suffering from life-threatening injuries when they arrived at the scene.

He died a short time after the shooting.