Ex-WMU athlete convicted, acquitted in deadly shooting

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Western Michigan University basketball player has been acquitted of murder in the deadly shooting of a WMU student; however, he will likely still go to prison.

A jury Thursday found Joeviair Kennedy guilty of armed robbery and one count of felony firearm in the December 2016 shooting of 19-year-old Jacob Jones.

Kennedy was acquitted of felony murder and a second count of felony firearm in connection to the shooting, which happened at SoHo Apartments on S. Howard Street, west of campus.

Police believed Jones was selling a small amount of marijuana at the time of the shooting.

A second man, Jordan Dangelo Waire, was previously convicted of felony murder, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of felony firearm.

It took the jury nearly two days of deliberations to return its verdict in Kennedy’s case.

Waire is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25; it’s unclear when Kennedy will learn his punishment.

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