GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An 18-year-old Grand Rapids man listened in court Friday as testimony tied him to his 20-year-old brother's murder last December on Grand Rapids' southeast side.
The preliminary hearing was held to decide whether Royale Runyon would have to stand trial.
Runyon looked down while crime scene photos of his murdered brother, Mahdi Hayes, were projected on the courtroom wall.
Much of the testimony had to do with a 9mm Glock that police say they have tied to Hayes' murder, the murder of Hayes' former girlfriend, Eve'onna Galloway, and an armed robbery on College Avenue that happened a day before that.
Prosecutors used the testimony of Angel Hardy, a woman convicted of armed robbery and under sentence to testify in Friday's prelim, to tie Runyon to the gun.
Hardy said she was with Runyon at a candlelight vigil for Hayes when he handed her the gun.
"Royale gave me the gun to hold, so I held it for him," Hardy testified.
That occurred while police were closing in to arrest Runyon for the armed robbery.
A friend of both Runyon and Hayes said he saw Runyon crying and running near the scene of the murder, looking scared.
At the end of the day Friday, the judge still hadn't decided whether or not Runyon's case would go to trial. The preliminary hearing will continue on June 25 with more testimony.
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