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GRPD Officer Chris Schurr bonds out of jail; attorneys confident in defense

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-11 03:09:51-04

WEST MICHIGAN — 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.

Schurr was arraigned in a Kent County courtroom early Friday afternoon. He appeared via a live video feed, as he remained behind bars.

GRPD Officer Chris Schurr bonds out of jail following arrest in shooting death of Patrick Lyoya

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."

Arraignment Video: WATCH: GRPD Officer Schurr charged with second-degree murder in Patrick Lyoya's death; bond set at $100k

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.

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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.

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Schurr is expected back in court on June 21 at 9:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.

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