Saginaw basketball standout facing attempted murder charge

Published: Sep. 7, 2018 at 6:40 PM EDT
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(9/7/2018) - A promising basketball career may be on hold for a Saginaw teenager, who is now in jail and accused of attempted murder.

The Michigan State Police Fugitive Team was looking for 17-year-old Dion Hardy, but he turned himself in this week when he was set to begin his senior year at Arthur Hill High School.

Hardy has played basketball for both Saginaw High School and Arthur Hill High School in his three years of at that level. An incident on Aug. 10 has him in legal trouble.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said a man was attempting to drive in the area of Houghton Avenue and North Charles Street when he encountered "a group of people in the middle of the street."

"He is trying to get past him. The people won't move. He eventually has words with a couple of the people," Kaiser said.

In the same area, the man eventually got into a fight with the two men.

"Eventually, he pulls out a knife and that ends the fight, and the two people back off," Kaiser said.

But investigators say the fight continued in a different fashion.

"The two people he was fighting produced handguns and fired through the windshield and through the doors of the vehicle at least a dozen times," Kaiser said. "The victim in the car leans over on the front seat and somehow is not struck by any of the bullets."

Investigators say Hardy is one of the those suspects who fired shots, along with 20-year-old Ricky Morgan of Grand Rapids. Both face an assault with intent to murder charge.

Both suspects remained in custody Friday at the Saginaw County Jail awaiting further court proceedings.

Hardy's former coaches could not be reached for comment. Saginaw Public Schools declined to comment.

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