Teen accused in attempted robbery on Martin Luther King basketball coach appears in Detroit court

Detroit (WXYZ) - He was shot by a Martin Luther King High School basketball coach, and now a teen is facing charges.

The 15-year-old appeared for a hearing at the Juvenile Detention Center on St. Antoine in Detroit Saturday morning.  He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

He and his guardian were informed that he is being charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to rob while armed.  The Wayne County Prosecutor wants to charge him as an adult. That means he could face life in prison.

Police say on February 1, a 70-year-old male basketball coach shot the 15-year-old and a 16-year-old male in the parking lot of Martin Luther King High School after being attacked by the two as they tried to rob him. One of them had a gun. Police say the 16-year-old died at the scene.

It happened as the coach walked two female basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.

The coach will not be charged, as it has been determined he acted in self defense.

The 15-year-old will remain in custody on $50,000 bond.  The next hearing is scheduled for March 1st at 9:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hall of Justice.

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