The prosecuting attorney in Kent County, Mich., Chris Becker, announced that a police officer, Christopher Schurr, is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting April 4 of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids.
CHRIS BECKER: Based on his investigation, based on everything he has provided to me, I've made the decision to charge Christopher Schurr with one count of second degree murder. Second degree murder is a felony offense. It is punishable by up to life in prison with the possibility of parole. As it stands now, this is merely an allegation. And as with any defendant, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The elements of second degree murder are relatively simple. First, there was a death, a death done by the defendant. And then when the killing occurred, the defendant had one of these three states of mind, an intent to kill, an intent to do great bodily harm, or the intent to do an act that the natural tendency of that act would be to cause death or great bodily harm. And finally, that the death was not justified or excused, for example, by self-defense.
Taking a look at everything that I reviewed in this case, I believe there's a sufficient basis to proceed on a single count of second degree murder, and that charge has been filed.