Appling enters not guilty plea in murder case

Appling’s girlfriend also appeared for arraignment.
Former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling appeared for arraignment in a...
Former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling appeared for arraignment in a Detroit court on Thursday. Appling's girlfriend, Natalie Bannister, also appeared.(Detroit Police Department)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:30 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday former Michigan State University basketball star Keith Appling appeared in Detroit’s 36th District Court for arraignment on multiple charges, including first-degree premeditated murder.

Appling is charged with homicide premeditated felon is possession and two counts of felony firearm. His attorney Andrew Abood entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client.

The magistrate, based on the charges, denied Appling’s bond and ordered him remanded until his trial. Appling’s next court appearance will be on June 22 for a probable cause conference via Zoom at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge Archer.

Abood expressed that Appling is a life-long resident of Michigan “for the most part” and the circumstances are unique, saying he has no concerns about his client appearing for his court dates.

He was also ordered not to have contact with his girlfriend, Natalie Brooks Bannister, who has also been charged in connection with the case. She is accused of driving Appling away from the scene and lying to investigators.

Bannister, 28, appeared from the Detroit Detention Center before Magistrate Echartea on charges of accessory after the fact and lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation.

Sara Coaster of defense firm Manley & Manley argued that Bannister is gainfully employed with no known criminal history. Coaster also stated that Bannister is the sole provider of her 5-year-old child, and is not a flight risk, and turned herself in on Wednesday, June 9.

Prosecuting attorney William Lawrence stated that when Bannister was arrested it was “strongly believed” she was trying to flee the state and headed to Chicago, westbound in a vehicle with luggage and with another individual. Lawrence requested a cash bond and tether to ensure Bannister would appear.

Coaster stated that Bannister was not attempting to flee as Lawrence implied, but instead argued that she was headed to Six Flags for a pre-planned trip with her children.

“There’s no question, there will be a tether,” said Magistrate Echartea regarding Lawrence’s request.

Citing her lying to a police officer and being charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, Echartea ordered a $50,000 personal bond for Bannister and not to have any contact with Appling. Bannister stated that she will be staying at her mother’s home while on a tether.

Bannister will next appear in court on June 22, the same time as Appling.

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