A not guilty plea was also entered on behalf of Shundarius Lawson, 20, of Muskegon, during his arraignment late Wednesday morning in 60th District Court.
Lawson was charged with open murder in the April 23 slaying of Marquis Gresham, a 17-year-old basketball player for the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy.
Gresham was walking with some friends to his basketball banquet about 6:15 p.m. when he was shot by someone in a passing sports utility vehicle.
Witnesses said he ran a short distance before he collapsed.
Police said he died a short time later.
Lawson faces life in prison if convicted of murder.
He was also charged with being a habitual offender.
Muskegon County Prosecuting Attorney Raymond Kostrzewa said Lawson has previous convictions for fleeing and eluding a police officer and possession of marijuana.
At the time of the shooting, there were bench warrants out on Lawson for failure to appear for a preliminary examination on a home invasion charge, as well as a possession of marijuana charge.
A pre-preliminary hearing was set for May 8.
Lawson's preliminary examination will be held on May 14 in front of Judge Michael Nolan.