Ex-Northern Michigan University football player charged with murder in Flint

Lester Gene (LJ) Liston Jr.

FLINT — A former Northern Michigan University football player has been charged with first-degree murder.

Lester Gene (LJ) Liston Jr., 22, was charged by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, and is accused of shooting Larry James Dunn on July 30 in Flint, according to a report from the website MLive.com.

Dunn, 44, was found at 11:37 p.m. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The killing appeared to be revenge in connection to another murder, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The former Wildcats linebacker, who played for NMU in 2015, was also charged with felony use of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver cocaine less than 50 grams and careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death.

Court documents say that a 30-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting.

Liston was arraigned on the charges on Friday and is being held without bail. He will appear before Genesee County District Judge William H. Crawford on Aug. 17 for a probably cause conference.

Liston, who was listed at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, played NCAA Division I football at Rutgers University before transferring to NMU in 2015. He had 77 tackles in eight games and finished tops on the team and third in the GLIAC in tackles per game with 9.6 that season.

A separate MLive report indicated Liston attended Grand Blanc High School in Genesee County and the Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, before going to Rutgers.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.