A judge set a $100,000 bond Friday for the Grand Rapids cop who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head following a traffic stop in April.
Officer Christopher Schurr was arraigned on a felony count of second-degree murder.
Schurr’s attorney Mark Dodge said his client “was justified in his use of force.” Dodge requested a $10,000 bond, saying Schurr is not a flight risk and has no criminal record.
Judge Nicholas S. Ayoub of the 61st District Court said he set the bond at $100,000 because of the severity of the charge.
On April 4, Schurr pulled over Lyoya, a 26-year-old refugee from Congo, for driving with a mismatched license plate. After Lyoya fled, Schurr wrestled him to the ground, where they tussled over the officer’s stun gun.
Schurr pulled out his department-issued pistol and shot Lyoya in the back of the head.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker charged Schurr with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
A probable cause hearing is set for 21, followed by a preliminary examination on June 28.