Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling to remain in jail in murder case

DETROIT -- Former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling was ordered to remain in jail during his first court appearance on murder and other charges in Detroit.

Defense attorney Andrew Abood asked for bail, saying Appling had always appeared in court in previous cases. But a magistrate denied bail Thursday, noting the first-degree murder charge.

Appling, 29, said little during the arraignment. Abood entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

Appling is accused of killing Clyde Edmonds, 66, on May 22 during a dispute over a gun. His girlfriend, who is accused of driving a getaway car, faces less serious charges.

Appling's mother and the victim's wife are cousins.

Appling has been in custody since his arrest on May 24. Separately, he is charged with assault in Jackson for an incident on May 2.

The Detroit Pershing prep star played at Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. Appling also played pro basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the NBA's Orlando Magic.

"Sad," said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. "I'm thinking about him. I feel bad about him. It's a shame what's happened."