Keith Appling is accused of killing a 66-year-old man after a gun dispute
A former Michigan State University basketball star was ordered to remain in prison during his first court appearance in Detroit on murder and other charges.
Defense attorney Andrew Abood asked for the bond, saying that Keith Appling had always appeared in court in previous cases. But a magistrate refused the bond on Thursday in view of the charge of first-degree murder.
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Epling, 29, said little during the trial. Abood filed a non-guilty plea on his behalf.
Appling is accused of killing 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds on May 22 during a gun dispute. His girlfriend, who is accused of driving the 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 is accused of assaulting Jackson for an incident on May 2.
The Detroit Pershing prep star played at Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. Appling also played pro basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the Orlando Magic of the NBA.
“Sad,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “I’m thinking about him. I feel bad about him. What happened is a shame.”