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Officer Christopher Schurr arraigned in Kent County Circuit Court

Grand Rapids police officer Christopher Schurr stops to talk with a resident in 2015 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Emily Rose Bennett
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The Grand Rapids Press via AP
Grand Rapids police officer Christopher Schurr stops to talk with a resident in 2015 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

2nd Degree Murder charge carries maximum penalty of life in prison, defense says he is “not guilty”

One day after turning himself in on 2nd Degree murder charges, Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr Friday appeared in Kent County Circuit Court.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and appearing on a large monitor in the courtroom via zoom from the Calhoun County jail where he is currently being held, Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Shurr, charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya, listened as Circuit Judge Nicholas S. Ayoub explained that a conviction could mean life in prison.

Schurr’s legal team told the judge that their client is “not guilty” and the shooting death of Lyoya was completely justified.

They asked the judge for a personal recognizance bond of $10,000 however, judge Ayoub set the bond at $100,000. According to his attorney’s, he is expected to post that today and will able to return home until his next court date which is set at June 21st.

Schurr’s legal team told WGVU they are fully confident that Schurr will be exonerated.

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