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Sport Former Western Michigan basketball player cleared of murder

02:15  15 june  2018
02:15  15 june  2018 Source:   ap.org

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– A jury has acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but convicted him of armed robbery and a weapons charge. Co-defendant Jordan Waire of Muskegon was convicted last month of felony murder , armed robbery and weapons charges.

Former Western Michigan basketball player Joeviair Kennedy was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but faces a possible life sentence for armed robbery and a Former Western Michigan player Joeviair Kennedy, right, plays defense during a 2016 game.

Joeviair Kennedy talks with his lawyer before jury selection. Joeviair Kennedy stands trial for the murder of WMU student Jacob Jones in Kalamazoo County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Kennedy allegedly broke into in the home of Jacob Jones in December of 2016 with his friend Jordan Waire, robbed him, and allegedly assisted in his murder. Waire was found guilty of murder in May. (Rebekah Welch/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP) © Rebekah Welch Joeviair Kennedy talks with his lawyer before jury selection. Joeviair Kennedy stands trial for the murder of WMU student Jacob Jones in Kalamazoo County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Kennedy allegedly broke into in the home of Jacob Jones in December of 2016 with his friend Jordan Waire, robbed him, and allegedly assisted in his murder. Waire was found guilty of murder in May. (Rebekah Welch/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) A jury has acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but convicted him of armed robbery and a weapons charge.

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A jury has acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but convicted him of armed robbery and a weapons charge. The Kalamazoo County jury deliberated two days before returning the verdict for Joeviair Kennedy. Nineteen-year-old Jacob

(AP) — A jury has acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but convicted him of armed robbery and a weapons charge. The Kalamazoo County jury deliberated two days before returning the verdict for Joeviair Kennedy.

The Kalamazoo County jury deliberated two days before returning the verdict for Joeviair Kennedy. He faces a possible life sentence when he's sentenced July 16.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Jones was killed near the campus on Dec. 8, 2016.

Co-defendant Jordan Waire of Muskegon was convicted last month of felony murder, armed robbery and weapons charges.

Prosecutors said it was Waire who shot Jones. Kennedy has said they took marijuana and about $25.

Kennedy's attorney, Eusebio Solis, said his client agreed to the robbery but not the killing.

Kennedy was arrested in 2016 at the start of his second basketball season.

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