Teenager, parents return to court in Michigan school shooting

Two parents accused of their son in a fatal Michigan school shooting return to court to seek lower bail to get out of jail.

James and Jennifer Crumbley have been locked up since December 4, unable to meet a $ 500,000 bond. They hope a judge will be ready to reduce it to $ 100,000 on Friday.

The Crumbleys are charged with manslaughter for the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School, which killed four teenagers and injured others. They are accused of making a weapon accessible to their son Ethan Crumbley and refusing to bring him home earlier in the day when school counselors confronted them with distressing drawings of violence.

James and Jennifer Crumbley appear in court on December 14, 2021, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in the murderous Oxford High School shooting case.Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

“The last thing they expected was a school shooting to take place, or their son to be responsible for it,” defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said in a court filing.

Separately, Ethan, 15, appeared in court virtually Friday morning where he waived his right to a preliminary examination. The judge automatically tied him to the circuit court for his trial. A date has not yet been set. He is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes.

Prosecutors oppose parents’ demand for lower bail. They noted the old Crumbleys had been missing for hours when the charges were announced on December 3 before police found them miles away at a Detroit art studio early the next morning.

Smith said they planned to appear in court on December 4.

The Crumbleys “will run away if they get the chance,” prosecutors said in a court filing, noting that they were behind on mortgage payments and had put their house up for sale.

Oxford High students are expected to return to school next week for the first time since the shooting, but in a different building. The high school, about 30 miles north of Detroit, could reopen during the week of January 23.

Minyvonne Burke contributed.

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