Bond set at $1 million for accused murderer

The man accused of killing a high school basketball star is being held on a $1 million bond.
Becky Vargo
Apr 30, 2014

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.



If this occurred in Grand Haven this would light up like a Christmas tree with comments. Happens in the Heights and no one blinks. That's a sad state of affairs and the silence demonstrates the hypocrisy of many readers in this community. A young man with a seemingly bright future has had it snuffed out by a wart that has nothing to give to humanity but thuggery and pain.


I completely agree Wingmaster.

retired DOC

This was another case of a convicted felon with a gun. That makes it a federal crime. Does anyone think that Holder will lock him up in a federal prison?


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So remind me again why we need more diversity in Grand Haven? So this kind of crap can happen?


And now the tax payers will enjoy the $40-k per year to house this societal wart for the next 50 years or so...that's 2 million bucks MR./MRS. Taxpayer. Why does Michigan not have capital punishment, again?

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