Western Michigan basketball player charged with murder of Jacob Jones

Western Michigan basketball player Joeviair Kennedy was officially charged Monday with armed robbery and the murder of fellow student Jacob Jones.

Kennedy, 20, was arraigned Monday in the shooting of 19-year-old Jacob Jones at an off-campus Kalamazoo apartment on Thursday. Kennedy, who is from Muskegon, was denied bond and did not yet have an attorney.

Joeviair Kennedy Arrested

Kennedy is charged with murder, armed robbery and using a gun during a felony. The charging document says others were present.

An uncle, Lucious Kennedy, told WWMT-TV at the courthouse: “I don’t know who did it but I feel bad for the family. This ain’t my nephew.”

On Friday, WMU athletic director Kathy Beauregard said an athlete had been suspended after being identified by police as a person of interest in the shooting. She didn’t identify the athlete or the sport the student participated in.

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