GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man has been arraigned in the death of his brother and is also being investigated as a "strong suspect" in the murder of his half brother's ex-girlfriend.
Royale Gold Runyon, 18, was arraigned Friday morning on open murder and felony firearms charges.
His brother, Mahdi Hayes Jr., a U.S. Army reservist, was found shot to death in an alley near Prince and Henry Streets SE on Dec. 20, 2012.
Runyon was arrested the day after Hayes' murder on unrelated charges of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, assault with intent to commit armed robbery and felony firearm.
According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk, that incident happened on Dec. 14, 2012, where one shot was fired but no one was hurt. Runyon was arrested and has been in the Kent County jail since.
Authorities are also calling Runyon a "strong suspect" in the Dec. 15, 2012 killing of his brother's ex-girlfriend, Eve'Vana Galloway, although he is not yet facing charges in that case.
Police believe that Galloway and Runyon had some sort of relationship.
Runyon was also charged with perjury in February. Police said he lied to them about having a key to Galloway's apartment and about his knowledge of a murder weapon.
Royale Runyon talked with 24 Hour News 8 Friday afternoon. He spoke to 24 Hour News 8 from the Kent County jail and says he and his brother were very close. Runyon denies everything: the assault, the murder of his brother and the homicide of Eve' Vanna Galloway.
Police say he lied about evidence connected to the two cases. When asked about the perjury charge that has been issued against him, Runyon said "They can't prove that I lied to them about anything, but I have nothing to say about that." When pressed further about Runyon having possession of a key, he stated again, "Excuse me sir, but I just said I have nothing to say about that."
Friday, a judge did not grant bond for Runyon. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24.
If convicted, he could face life in prison.
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