Former MSU Star Keith Appling Charged with 1st-Degree Murder in May Shooting

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJune 7, 2021

Orlando Magic guard Keith Appling (15) moves the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won in overtime 95-92. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
AP Photo/John Raoux

Former Orlando Magic and Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of felony firearm and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

According to Cara Ball of WXYZ Detroit, the charges stem from the May 22 shooting death of 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds, who was related to Appling through marriage.

Appling's girlfriend, Natalie Banister, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of lying to a peace officer for allegedly driving the getaway car.

In 2017, the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) reported Appling was sentenced to one year in jail for resisting police and carrying a concealed weapon. In 2020, Darcie Moran of the Detroit Free Press reported he was arrested and charged with delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance and driving without a license.

The 2020 charge came after police said they found heroin in his car during a traffic stop that happened because he was driving erratically.

Appling played five games for the Magic during the 2015-16 season.

He is best known for his collegiate career, having played four seasons for the Spartans from 2010-11 through 2013-14.


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