Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Keith Damon Appling, 29, (DOB: 02/13/1992), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of Clyde Edmonds, 66, also of Detroit. The defendant and Mr. Edmonds are related. Mr. Edmond's wife is the first cousin of Defendant Appling's mother. The defendant's girlfriend, Natalie Brooks Banister, 28, (DOB: 10/02/1992) of Jackson, Michigan, has also been charged in connection with the case.
On May 22, 2021, at approximately 7:10 p.m. Detroit police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 13240 block of Whitcomb Street in Detroit for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim on the front lawn of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and transported Mr. Edmonds to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
It is alleged that Defendant Appling had an argument with Mr. Edmonds over a handgun and he fatally shot the victim multiple times before he fled the scene. It is further alleged that Ms. Bannister drove Defendant Appling away from the crime and failed to tell the truth to officers investigating the case.
Keith Appling has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and two counts of Felony Firearm. *
Natalie Bannister has been charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact, and one count of Lying to a Peace Officer. *
"It has been clear that this man has been spiraling downward for some time. Many of those that tried to intervene with this defendant were hoping that he would get on the right track and stay there," said Prosecutor Worthy. "It is always tragic when one with so much promise, talent, and possibility is alleged to have committed the most serious of crimes."
Arrangements are being made for both defendants to have their arraignments in 36th District Court. An update will be sent out once the dates and times of the arraignments have been confirmed. That is not expected to occur today.
Please request a photograph of the defendants from the Detroit Police Department after the arraignment.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.