Ex-Michigan State star Keith Appling arrested in relative's shooting

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

The manhunt for former MSU basketball star Keith Appling, wanted in the shooting death of a relative, has ended with his arrest, Detroit police officials said.

Appling, 29, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of Commerce Park Drive in Chelsea by Michigan State Police, Detroit police said.

Michigan State Police spokesman First Lt. Mike Shaw said Appling was arrested by the department's fugitive team without incident. Appling and a loaded weapon were turned over to Detroit police, Shaw said.

Keith Appling

Detroit officer Holly Lance, a spokeswoman for the department, said Monday a warrant request has been sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation into Saturday's shooting remains ongoing.

Authorities had no other updates late Monday afternoon.

On Sunday, Detroit police said they were looking for Appling in connection with the slaying of Clyde Edwards, 66, on the front lawn of Edwards' home in the 13200 block of Whitcomb. Police have not said how Appling and Edwards are related.

The shooting happened at about 7:10 p.m. Saturday, police said. 

Officers arrived at the shooting scene Saturday on the city's northwest side to find a black revolver lying on the front lawn a few feet from a green Michigan State University ball cap, according to a police report obtained by The Detroit News. 

A relative said "he heard multiple gunshots" and went outside to find Appling with a gun in his hand, according to the police report, which added that the relative wrestled the gun away from him. 

After the shooting, Appling left the area, according to police.

A former captain and member of the MSU basketball team from 2010-14, Appling recently pleaded guilty to a drug charge in October after police found heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop in Macomb County. He was sentenced to 18 months probation in November, and a warrant was issued for a probation violation on Feb. 16, Macomb County court records show.

In 2017, Appling pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a Detroit police officer during an unrelated traffic stop on Detroit's east side. In that case, he was ordered to serve a year in jail and five years' probation. 

As part of that sentencing agreement, two other criminal cases were dismissed.

Appling was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 2010 after leading Detroit Pershing to a state championship in 2009. After his years at MSU, he appeared in five games for the Orlando Magic in 2015-16 and played in parts of two seasons in what was then known as the NBA D-League.

Staff Writer Oralandar Brand Williams contributed.


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