Murder suspect faces charges in GR

Marqua McCoy (courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections -- Oct. 4, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspect in a shooting near Michigan State University that killed one student and injured another faces new charges — but not for the homicide.

Marqua McCoy was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Grand Rapids’ 61st District Court on one count of tampering with an electronics monitoring device and being a habitual offender.

McCoy, 19, was surrendered to Grand Rapids police after a brief standoff Tuesday evening and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

After serving time in prison for felony assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, McCoy absconded from parole in mid-January, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.  MDOC spokesman Russ Marlan said McCoy took off from the Grand Rapids parole office while his agent was checking texts and pictures on McCoy’s cell phone.

Two weeks later, police allege, McCoy shot Dominique Nolff, 20, of Middleville and roommate Corbin Holwerda, also 20, of Grand Haven at their off-campus apartment in East Lansing. Holwerda was wounded and Nolff was killed.

East Lansing police say the shooting was “clearly not random,” but have not yet specified a motive.

McCoy does not yet face any charges in the homicide.

His bond was set at $100,000 Thursday — though as a parole absconder, the state would likely take him into custody if he posted bond.

He is scheduled back in court on March 3 for a preliminary hearing.

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