Suspect Charged in Death of MSU Student Over Medical Marijuana, Computer
A Grand Rapids man is now charged in the death of a Michigan State University student. Officials believe 19 year old Maraquay McCoy attacked two men at an off-campus apartment in January, fatally wounding 20 year old Dominique Nolff. The incident, according to law enforcement officials, was over the theft of medical marijuana and a laptop computer.
The Lansing State Journal is reporting that McCoy was charged Thursday in 54B District Court in East Lansing. He was arraigned via video hook-up from the Kent County jail where he is serving time for unrelated charges after a standoff with police last month.
Judge Andrea Larkin denied him bond after arguments he could be a flight risk. The report says McCoy was considered a parole absconder. He was released on parole just three weeks before the murder.
Larkin set a preliminary exam for week week.
Police had come under fire for not making an arrest sooner. McCoy was identified as a suspect in Nolff's murder at the time of the February standoff with police. They defend their actions saying they wanted to make sure they had all the evidence they needed to make the charges stick.
If convicted, McCoy faces life in prison.
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