Former Michigan state star to remain in jail over murder case

An old Michigan State University Basketball Star was ordered to remain in jail during his first court appearance on murder and other charges in Detroit.

Defense attorney Andrew Abood has applied for bail, claiming Keith Appling has always appeared in court in previous cases. But a magistrate denied the bail Thursday, noting the first degree murder charge.

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Appling, 29, said little during the arraignment. Abood pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

Appling is charged with killing Clyde Edmonds, 66, on May 22 during a gun dispute. His girlfriend, who is 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. In addition, he is charged with assault in Jackson for an incident that occurred on May 2.

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The Detroit Pershing prep star performed at Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. Appling also played professional basketball abroad and had two brief contracts with the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

“Sad,” said Michigan state coach Tom Izzo. “I think about him. I feel bad for him. It’s a shame what happened.”

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