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On June 10, 2021, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Keith Damon Appling, 31, 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 Bannister, 30, of Jackson, Michigan, was also 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. Defendant Appling had an argument with Mr. Edmonds over a handgun and he fatally shot Mr. Edmonds multiple times before he fled the scene. The evidence revealed that Ms. Bannister drove Defendant Appling away from the crime and failed to tell the truth to officers investigating the case.

On June 10th Defendant Appling was arraigned on one count of First-Degree Murder, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and two counts of Felony Firearm. On February 13, 2023, he pled guilty to one count of Second-Degree Murder and one consecutive for Felony Firearm. Today he was sentenced before Visiting Judge Michael Hathaway to 18 to 40 years for Second Degree Murder and two years to be served consecutive for Felony Firearm in the Michigan Department of Corrections. All other charges were dismissed.

"What an extremely sad turn of events for a man that once had a promising future. This was a senseless crime, and the fact remains that his victim will never know another day of life," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Natalie Bannister was also charged and arraigned on one count of Accessory After the Fact, and one count of Lying to a Peace Office on June 10, 2021. On July 29, 2022, she pled guilty to Lying to a Peace Officer, and received 1 year and 6 months probation. The Accessory After the Fact charge was dismissed.

Please request a photograph of the defendants from the Detroit Police Department.