Former MSU basketball star Keith Appling charged for carrying concealed weapon

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 08:14:57-04

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced she has charged former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling for illegally having a gun in his car.

Appling is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle, and should be arraigned Sunday afternoon in Romulus.

This comes just over a month after he was arrested in Dearborn for bringing a loaded gun into a strip club.

According to police, officers pulled over Appling around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near 7 Mile and Hanna. It is alleged that police discovered Appling had a handgun under the driver's seat.

Appling's attorney tells 7 Action News that the gun actually belonged to another guy in the car who has a Concealed Pistol License. His attorney said Appling was in the front seat and didn't know the gun was under his seat.

In the first case, Appling was reportedly observed pulling a gun out of the trunk of a car in the parking lot of the Pantheon Club in Dearborn.

Police responded and approached the 24-year-old. Police searched the car and found a handgun under the driver's seat, a loaded assault rifle in the trunk and a small amount of marijuana. He was placed under arrest.

He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a 5-year felony, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a 2-year misdemeanor and possession of marijuana. He pled not guilty.

The second incident comes just six days before Appling was scheduled to be in court for a preliminary exam for the first case.