GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man accused of killing his brother and suspected of killing his brother's ex-girlfriend has been found guilty of an unrelated attempted armed robbery and attempted murder.
Friday, a jury found Royale Gold Runyon guilty of four counts: 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.
The charges stem from a Dec. 14, 2012 incident in the area of Cherry Street and College Avenue SE in which Runyon tried to rob a man and then fired one shot at the victim.
He is scheduled to be sentenced for the attempted armed robbery Oct. 8.
Runyon allegedly used the same weapon to shoot and kill his brother Mahdi Hayes, Jr. Hayes, 20, was found dead in an alley near Prince and Henry streets SE on Dec. 20.
Runyon is scheduled to go to trial for killing Hayes in January 2014.
Investigators also allege that Runyon used the same gun Dec. 15 to shoot and kill 20-year-old Eve'Vana Galloway, a former girlfriend of Hayes. Runyon has not yet been charged with that crime.
Runyon was 18 when he was arrested Dec. 21 for the attempted armed robbery. He was charged with Hayes' murder in May 2013.
He has also been charged with perjury for allegedly lying to investigators under an investigative subpoena regarding one of the homicides.
Hayes' and Galloway's deaths were among nine homicides in the City of Grand Rapids between mid-December and mid-January. Of those, only one appears to remain unsolved; that of 47-year-old Robyn Griggs-Johnson.
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