Ex-MSU basketball star Appling faced bench warrants in 2 counties at time of his arrest

Police say a fatal shooting of 66-year-old Clyde Edwards occurred on May 22 in this block of Whitcomb on Saturday, May 22, 2021.


Detroit — Judges in two different counties had issued bench warrants for former MSU basketball star Keith Appling for alleged probation violations before he was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a relative. 

Appling was taken into custody Monday in Chelsea by Michigan State Police. He was sought after the Saturday slaying of Clyde Edwards, 66, who was fatally shot on his own front lawn in the 13200 block of Whitcomb. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office said the review of a warrant request from Detroit police continues and a charging decision and arraignment are not anticipated Tuesday. 

The allegations are the latest in recent years for the ex-MSU basketball captain who pleaded guilty in 2017 to carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a Detroit police officer during a 2016 traffic stop on Detroit’s east side. As part of his plea, Appling was serving a term of five years’ probation.  

Last fall, he also pleaded guilty in a drug-related case out of Macomb County and was given 18 months of probation.

Keith Appling

The drug case violated Appling’s earlier probation terms, spurring a bench warrant in Macomb County on Feb. 16 and a separate warrant issued by Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon on May 6. 

Authorities took Appling into custody weeks after the most recent warrant was issued and two days after his alleged involvement in the homicide. 

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