GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Court documents detail allegations that an 18-year-old fired shots at another man during a robbery attempt about a week before he allegedly shot and killed his half-brother.
Royale Gold Runyon was charged last week with open murder and felony firearm in the death of Mahdi Hayes, who was found shot to death in an alley on Dec. 20, 2012. He was also charged with perjury in the case in February.
Runyon also faces charges of assault with intent to rob while armed, felony firearm, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault with intent to murder in a Dec. 14 incident.
Court documents show the victim in the case said he was walking in the area of College Avenue and Cherry Street SE at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 when he was approached by Runyon and a second man. One of the men pulled a handgun and demanded all of the victim's valuables.
The victim ran and was caught while at the door of 264 College Avenue SE. The victim told police that is when Royal Runyon fired one shot at him.
Runyon has been in the Kent County jail on that charge since Dec. 21. He is scheduled to stand trial in the case on Sept. 16.
A judge did not grant bond for Runyon when he was arraigned on a murder charge Friday. His preliminary hearing in the murder case is scheduled for May 24.
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