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A former Michigan State University basketball star charged with murdering a relative was denied bond this week – as a prosecutor claimed the ex-Spartan has been “spiraling downward” since his days on the hardwood.

Keith Appling — who played for Michigan State from 2010-14, leading the squad in scoring in his junior season — was arraigned Thursday on murder and felony firearm charges in the May 22 shooting death of Clyde Edmonds during a dispute over a gun, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she considered Appling’s post-professional basketball playing days to be a “tragic” fall for someone with “so much promise, talent and possibility” who is now accused in the “most serious of crimes.”

“It has been clear that this man has been spiraling downward for some time,” Worthy said. “Many of those that tried to intervene with this defendant were hoping that he would get on the right track and stay there.”

Keith Appling pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds.Detroits 36th District Court

Appling, a former McDonald’s All-American, is accused of shooting Edmonds, 66, at a home in Detroit. Edmonds’ wife is the first cousin of Appling’s mother, the Detroit News reported.

The deadly confrontation occurred following a dispute over a handgun, police have said. Appling’s girlfriend, Natalie Brooks Bannister, is also facing charges in the case for allegedly driving him away from the scene and lying to investigators. The ex-MSU star has been ordered not to contact her as the case proceeds, the Free Press reported.

Keith Appling was ordered not to have any contact with girlfriend, Natalie Brooks Bannister (pictured), who also is charged in the case.Detroit Police Department

Appling, 29, is also facing separate charges in Jackson County for assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder and felony firearm in a May 2 incident, court records show.

Thursday’s court appearance marked the latest legal troubles for Appling, who was sentenced to 18 months of probation in December after cops found heroin in his car. He was also ordered to spend a year in jail in 2017 after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing a police officer in Wayne County, the Free Press reported.

Appling, who was named Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2010, spent some time in the NBA’s G League and played five games for the Orlando Magic during the 2015-16 season. He most recently played professionally in Italy in 2019, the newspaper reported.

A not guilty plea was entered on Appling’s behalf Thursday. A judge then ordered him held without bond in the Wayne County Jail ahead of his scheduled court date on June 22, according to the report.

Appling’s former coach at Michigan State, Tom Izzo, said he has not spoken with him since his arrest, the Free Press reported Wednesday.

Keith Appling is accused of killing 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds in Detroit, during a dispute over a gun.Detroit Police Department via AP

“I’m trying to reserve, trying not to do what the world does and make him guilty until he’s proven it,” said Izzo, who visited Appling in jail in 2017. “And yet, everything I hear, it’s not great.”

The charges facing Appling are “sad,” the coaching legend said.

“I hope and pray to God that it’s not true,” Izzo continued. “But I have no knowledge of anything, except that I was trying to help him get back on track as were more than a few other people.”

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Hundreds of people arrested for looting and rioting across the Big Apple last year in the wake of George Floyd’s police-involved death have had their charges dropped, according to an analysis of NYPD data — figures ripped as “disgusting” by local business owners.

In the Bronx — which saw fires in the street and mass looting last June — more than 60 percent have had charges dropped, according to the investigation by NBC New York.

Along with 73 out of the 118 arrested getting charges completely dropped, another 19 were convicted on lesser counts like trespassing, which carries no jail time, the report said.

Some 18 cases are still open, with the station not accounting for the other 8 arrests.

In Manhattan — where looters ran rampant across Soho and midtown, even invading Macy’s — some 222 of those arrested had their cases completely dropped, while 73 got lesser counts.

Of the 485 arrested at the time in the borough, just 128 cases remain open, with another 40 involving juveniles and cases sent to family court, the outlet said.

73 out of the 118 arrested in the Bronx and 222 of those arrested in Manhattan have had their charges dropped.ALBA VIGARAY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

“Those numbers, to be honest with you, is disgusting,” Jessica Betancourt, who owns a Bronx eyeglass store that was looted and is vice president of a local merchants association, told NBC.

“I was in total shock that everything is being brushed off to the side,” she said.

“They could do it again because they know they won’t get the right punishment,” she said of the looters and rioters who once again left the Bronx burning.

A NYPD SUV on fire during protests in 2020.Stephen Yang

Former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman said that the district attorneys’ offices and the courts had “allowed people who committed crimes to go scot-free.”

“If they are so overworked that they can’t handle the mission that they’re hired for, then maybe they should find another line of work,” Chapman told NBC.

Sources in the DA’s offices insisted that in many cases, the evidence was not strong enough for proof beyond a reasonable doubt. There was also a backlog of cases to handle sparked by the courts being closed for months due to the pandemic, the report said.

A Bronx business owner called the dropped looting charged “disgusting.”Richard Harbus

NYPD Deputy Inspector Andrew Arias also asserted painstaking work went into trying to prove each case.

“We had to analyze each case individually and see if, in fact, we could prove the right person had committed the crime,” Arias said.

Bronx DA Darcell Clark declined repeated requests for an interview, as did Manhattan DA Cy Vance, NBC said, with the latter’s office busy investigating former President Trump’s businesses, NBC said.

Macy’s Herald Square boarded up ahead of expected riots in June 2020.Christopher Sadowski

The station noted an internal memo in which Vance says there are more than 3,500 unindicted felony cases waiting to move forward that have been on hold because of the pandemic.

Before dropping a case, Vance told his prosecutors to review defendants’ criminal histories, whether police could really place the suspect at the scene, and whether the individual caused “any damage to the store.”

“For many of these commercial burglaries, you will be asked to reduce the initial felony charge to a misdemeanor and to dispose of the case … with an eye towards rehabilitation,” Vance told his office, according to NBC.

Former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman said the courts had “allowed people who committed crimes to go scot-free.”Richard Harbus

A court spokesman told NBC that the decisions to dismiss cases were primarily made by the district attorneys. “An application must be made by the district attorney or as they have done with hundreds of DATs, decline to prosecute them,” said Lucian Chalfen.

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