GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A judge will decide if a Grand Rapids teenager will face trial for the murder of his own half-brother.
Royale Runyon, 18, has been in jail for five months on un-related robbery charges. Two weeks ago, prosecutors charged him with the December murder of 20-year-old Mahdi Hayes.
Runyon is only charged with killing his older brother, but he is also suspected of killing his brother's ex-girlfriend just a few days before.
Runyon cracked a few smiles and even a laugh while sitting in the courtroom Friday afternoon, listening to his friend Ronald Fleming testify.
"They were tight," Fleming said of the brothers' relationship. "They were together. They were close."
Fleming says he was with Runyon the day Hayes was murdered. Fleming was also with Runyon when he was arrested at the candlelight vigil for Hayes.