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Former Michigan State University basketball standout Keith Appling waived his preliminary examination Wednesday on one of his Detroit gun cases.

His next court date is Oct. 12, where a trial date is expected to be set for the Aug. 28 incident in which Appling, also a former Detroit Pershing basketball star, is accused of fleeing police after a traffic stop on Detroit’s east side and possessing a gun.

Police say Appling drove off after a traffic stop and threw a bag out of his 2013 Dodge Challenger that contained a blue steel semi-automatic Beretta with 10 live rounds.

The August incident is the third such case involving accusations against Appling possessing a gun.

Appling was charged in Dearborn for an incident allegedly involving a weapon May 1 in the parking lot of the Pantheion Club on the 12900 block of Michigan. Officers found a handgun under the driver’s seat and a loaded weapon in the trunk after they were called by security on a report of a man pulling a gun out of the trunk of a car in the parking lot.

The next month, Detroit police arrested Appling after officers stopped a speeding vehicle. They saw Appling, a passenger, place a weapon under a seat and after searching the vehicle found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson.

Appling’s attorney at the time said the gun belonged to a previous passenger in the vehicle.

Appling played for Michigan State from 2010-14, starting 132 games for the Spartans. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists as a senior. Appling played five games last season for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, spending most of the playing season with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.

Trial dates have been set for December and January for the June case out of Detroit and the Dearborn case.

bwilliams@detroitnews.com

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