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Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Ex-EMU students charged with stealing information from 64 students return to court in March

By Kyle Feldscher

A resolution in the criminal cases against two former Eastern Michigan University students who are accused of stealing students’ identification information may be coming soon.

Keonte Manning and Nikko Gurley were back in court on Wednesday for pretrial hearings. Manning and Gurley are charged with stealing the records of 64 students last year from university computer systems.

Gurley will be back in court at 1:30 p.m. March 7 for a hearing on court motions expected to be filed in the coming weeks. A pretrial hearing is set for Manning at 1:30 p.m. March 21.

Manning’s attorney, Washtenaw County Assistant Public Defender Laura Dudley, said resolutions in both cases might be reached by the March 21 hearing .

Manning and Gurley are accused of taking students’ information from school computers in the early portion of 2011. Among the stolen information were six Social Security numbers used to file false tax returns, according to police.

It’s unknown what information was stolen from the other 58 people whose records were taken.

While the case is pending, Manning has been banned from EMU’s campus. He was arrested in October after the investigation began with a university alert sent in March 2011. Gurley was arrested and charged in late November and police are no longer searching for suspects.

Manning is charged with two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, three counts of identity theft and three counts of obtaining personal identifying information in order to commit a crime.

Gurley is charged with two counts of obtaining personal identifying information in order to commit a crime.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.