No charges for Martin Luther King High School basketball coach in fatal shooting of teen

DETROIT - No charges will be brought against a Detroit high school basketball coach for shooting two teenagers in self-defense according to a press release by the Wayne County Prosecutors office.

On February 1, a 70-year-old male basketball coach shot a 15 and 16-year-old male in the parking lot of Martin Luther King High School after being attacked by the two. Police say the 16-year-old died at the scene.

The coach was escorting two female basketball players to their cars when he was attacked.

"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will not charge the basketball coach with any crime. This case is a textbook example of lawful self-defense."

They went on to say the coach was a victim.

Charges will be brought against the 15-year-old accomplice who is currently being detained at the Juvenile Detention Center. He is charged with two counts of Armed Robbery and two counts of Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed.

The charges will be adult designated, giving the judge three options; 1.) to sentence the defendant as a juvenile; 2.) to have a blended sentence of juvenile and adult; 3.) to sentence the juvenile as an adult.

The preliminary hearing is set for Saturday February 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.


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