Ex-MSU guard Appling’s preliminary exam pushed back

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Keith Appling, the 24-year-old former Michigan State basketball star, was due in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday morning for a preliminary examination on a concealed weapons charge from a mid-June traffic stop on Detroit’s east side.

Appling will have to wait a bit longer to argue his case if it should proceed to trial. The hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. July 19 in front of Judge Kenneth King.

King, initially scheduled to handle the hearing, is on vacation this week. His docket was handled by other judges.

Almost three hours after its scheduled 9 a.m. start, Judge Lydia Nance Adams presided over a brief hearing, during which Appling’s attorney, Cyril Hall, asked for an adjournment, citing a scheduling conflict with his caseload Thursday afternoon. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lara Nercessian agreed to adjourn.

Police say that about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, Appling was a passenger in a black Dodge Charger that was pulled over in the area of Hanna and East Seven Mile. During the stop, police allege they found a handgun, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson, in Appling’s possession. He was arrested immediately.

The next day, Magistrate Larry Chastang gave Appling a $5,000 bond during a video arraignment. Appling’s attorney Cyril Hall told reporters after the arraignment that the gun does not belong to Appling, but rather a previous passenger in the vehicle.

Appling is also facing weapons and drug charges for an early May incident where Dearborn police allegedly found a gun and marijuana in Appling’s car outside of The Pantheon, a strip club. He has a late-July preliminary exam scheduled for that case.

In the May incident, club security officers allegedly observed a man pulling a gun out of the trunk of a car in the parking lot. Police arrived and allegedly saw Appling in the driver’s seat of the car security had described.

After a search, police say they found a handgun under the driver’s seat, a small amount of what they believe to be marijuana, and a loaded weapon in the trunk.

Appling, a former Detroit Pershing standout, played at Michigan State from 2010-14. He is tied for third in school history for starts with 123. During his final season, he played in 35 games, starting 32, averaging 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and three rebounds.

Appling played five games for the NBA’s Orlando Magic last season.

jdickson@detroitnews.com