Keith Appling back in court after being released from jail

Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 13:12:18-04

Keith Appling is heading back to jail after the judge increased his bond on his first two cases.

"I've been in this courthouse for 45 years and I've never seen this done like this before, ever, this is specialized attention for a specialized person," said Appling's defense attorney Otis Culpepper. 

Culpepper says his client, the former MSU basketball star, is being penalized for being a professional athlete.

Just hours after he was released from jail on bond, for his third criminal charge this year, Appling faced more repercussions.

Prosecutors called him back to court on claims he violated bond conditions on his first two cases, by continuing to run into the law.

"We now have three criminal cases involving firearms in less than four months and the current bond set in these cases we believe is willfully inadequate giving this defendant's action and behavior while on bond," said prosecuting attorney Matt Forrest. 

Appling was first arrested May 2, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, he made bail and was released.
He was arrested again on June 18 for similar charges, and he made bail a second time and was released.

Today, the judge had seen enough, saying Appling was in fact violating the terms of his bond.

His bond was increased on both the May and June cases to $50,000 each.

He is allowed to make bail by posting ten percent, which comes out to $10,000. His attorney says he will likely make bail and be released again soon.