Former Western Michigan basketball player acquitted of murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A jury acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the mysterious death of a fellow student, but convicted him of armed robbery and a cargo of weapons.

The Kalamazoo County jury deliberated two days before the verdict for Joeviair Kennedy. He faces a possible life in prison when he is sentenced July 16.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Jones was killed near the campus on Dec. 8, 2016.

Co-defendant Jordan Waire of Muskegon was convicted last month of felony murder, armed robbery and weapons charges.

The prosecutors said that the Waire who shot Jones. Kennedy said she took marijuana and about $25.

Kennedy’s attorney, Eusebio Solis, said his client agrees with the robbery, but not the dead.

Kennedy was arrested in 2016 at the start of his second basketball season.

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