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Ex-MSU guard Appling arraigned on concealed gun charge

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Romulus — Former Michigan State guard Keith Appling was arraigned Sunday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, days before he faces a hearing on weapons and drug charges from a May arrest outside a strip club

Appling was given a $5,000 bond during his video arraignment before Magistrate Larry Chastang in 34th District Court in Romulus.

On Saturday around 1:30 am., police pulled over a black Dodge Charger for a traffic stop at Hanna Street and Seven Mile in Detroit. During the stop it is alleged that the police discovered a handgun, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Appling was immediately taken into custody.

Cyril Hall, Appling’s attorney, said after the arraignment that Appling was the passenger in the car and that Appling’s cousin was the driver.

After an officer learned there was a gun in the car, the officer allegedly found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson under the passenger seat. Hall says the gun doesn't belong to Appling, but rather to a previous passenger of the vehicle.

Appling is due back in court on June 30 for a probable cause conference, and for a preliminary examination on July.

On Friday, Appling is scheduled to appear for a hearing on charges from a May arrest outside The Pantheon strip club in Dearborn.

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.