DETROIT (AFP) – A former Michigan State University basketball star has been ordered to remain in prison during his first court appearance for murder and other charges in Detroit.
Defense attorney Andrew Abboud has asked for bail, saying Keith Appling has always appeared in court in previous cases. But on Thursday, a judge denied bail, pointing out First degree murder charge.
Appling, 29, said little during the trial. Abboud filed a not guilty plea on his behalf.
An apple accused of murder Clyde Edmonds, 66, on May 22 during a gun dispute. His girlfriend, accused of driving a getaway car, faces less serious charges.
Appling’s mother and the victim’s wife are cousins.
Appling has been in custody since his arrest on May 24. Separately, he was charged with assault in Jackson for the May 2 incident.
The Detroit star played Pershing Prep at Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. Appling also played professional basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the Orlando Magic of the NBA.
“Sad,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izu. “I’m thinking about him. I feel bad for him. What happened is a shame.”
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