Christopher Schurr made his first court appearance Friday afternoon before posting bond and leaving jail within a matter of hours.
Schurr’s attorneys say they will not take a deal and they plan to take the case to trial.
After being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya during a traffic stop, Grand Rapids Police Officer Chris Schurr was able to post bond and walk out of the Calhoun County Jail Friday afternoon.
FOX 17 learned Schurr was released from jail between 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Thursday, Officer Schurr, who had been on paid administrative leave since the deadly April 4 shooting, turned himself in and was booked into the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek.
FOX 17 was at the courthouse after the arraignment when a tense moment broke out.
On one side, you have Schurr’s supporters who believe he was doing his job and fearing for his life.
On the other side, protesters who see Schurr as the man who executed Lyoya while saying, “Murder is not okay.”
His bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety, meaning he likely had to come up with $10,000 (10%) before walking out.
Schurr faces a second-degree murder charge.
Under the Michigan Penal Code, a second-degree murder charge is defined as a “non-premeditated killing” or a murder that’s caused by someone’s “reckless conduct, including an obvious lack of concern for a person’s life.”
There’s no justification or excuse for death under this charge, such as self-defense; however, it is less severe than first-degree murder.
If convicted, Schurr faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
FOX 17 talked with Schurr’s attorneys after the arraignment. They say this was the first time Schurr has fired his gun while on duty.
They also told FOX 17 that they do not plan on taking a deal, but plan to take this to trial.
Schurr is expected back in court on June 21 at 9:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.
Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Black man, died Monday, April 4 following a traffic stop near the intersection of Griggs and Nelson on the city’s southeast side. Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom released video footage on April 13 which shows an officer shooting Lyoya in the head following a foot chase and struggle.
GRPD Officer Chris Schurr has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Lyoya.
Here’s a timeline of events related to the deadly shooting of Patrick Lyoya: