Keith Appling, ex-Michigan State basketball star, faces murder charge


Former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling will face a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of his relative last month, prosecutors say. 

Wayne County (Michigan) Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Monday that her office is pursuing the following charges against Appling, 29: one count of first-degree murder, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm. He has not yet been formally charged through a court arraignment, though a date for that is being arranged. 

Appling was arrested May 24 by Michigan State Police in Chelsea.

Appling and the victim — Clyde Edmonds, 66, also of Detroit — are related. Edmond’s wife is the first cousin of Appling’s mother, the prosecutor revealed in a news release.

The shooting was reported and Detroit police were dispatched about 7:10 p.m. May 22 to the 13240 block of Whitcomb Street in Detroit.

Keith Appling.

At the scene, police found the victim on the front lawn of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the prosecutor’s office. Medics transported Edmonds to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Appling’s 28-year-old girlfriend will also be charged in connection with the case — with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of lying to a police officer, according to the release. Appling is accused of having an argument with Edmonds over a handgun, fatally shooting the victim multiple times and fleeing the scene. 



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