Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling charged with murder

Appling accused of shooting, killing 66-year-old man in Detroit in May

Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling arrested in murder case

DETROIT – Former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal Detroit shooting in May.

Appling is accused of shooting and killing Clyde Edmonds, 66, in Detroit after an argument between the two escalated on May 22. Police say Appling fired several shots that night, killing the 66-year-old man.

According to Detroit police, Appling and Edmonds are related by marriage. Officials say the argument between the two may have been related to a stolen gun.

Appling was arrested in Chelsea, Michigan, on May 24 following a two-day manhunt.

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On Friday, June 4, Appling was charged in Detroit with first-degree murder, in addition to three other felony firearms charges.

His girlfriend, 28-year-old Natalie Banister, is charged with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of lying to a peace officer, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor Office. Prosecutors said Banister is accused driving Appling away from the scene and failed to tell the truth to officers investigating the case.

Appling is scheduled to be arraigned on June 10.

In 2018, the former basketball star faced 18 months of probation after police discovered heroin inside a vehicle he was driving. In 2017, Appling was sentenced to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and attempting to resist and obstruct a police officer.

Appling was a star at John J. Pershing High School in Detroit before playing for MSU from 2010 to 2014. He also played basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

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