Joeviair Kennedy, a basketball player with Western Michigan University, has been charged with the murder of a fellow student. According to still developing details, the shooting occurred after a botched armed robbery attempt last Thursday (Dec. 8) near the campus of the university.
A phone left at an apartment adjacent to Western Michigan University where a student was shot and killed was one piece of evidence that led to charges against a basketball player, according to court testimony.
A Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety detective testified Monday, Dec. 12, to District Court Judge Richard A. Santoni that detectives used the phone in their investigation and found the number to be associated with 20-year-old WMU guard Joeviair Kennedy.
Kennedy is charged with open murder, armed robbery and two felony firearm charges related to the Thursday, Dec. 8, fatal shooting of 19-year-old WMU student Jacob Ryan Jones.
Kennedy, 20, is a native Muskegon, Mich. and was a star basketball player for Muskegon High School ahead of accepting a scholarship to play at the school in 2015. Kennedy played in eight games this past season for the Western Michigan University Broncos squad, but his information has since been scrubbed from the site.
Kennedy faces an open murder charge, an armed robbery charge and two felony counts of weapons possession. Kennedy did not act alone but information about the other suspect hasn’t been made available. The pair, according to reports, attempted to rob Jones and three other unnamed individuals of money, phones and marijuana.
Photo: Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department