ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan (AP) – The parents of a Michigan teen accused of murdering four students at an Oxford high school were scheduled to return to court Tuesday on manslaughter charges.
A conference call for probable reasons was set in the Rochester Hills District Court for James and Jennifer Crumbly.
Police said the Oxford, Michigan couple were found hiding in a commercial building in Detroit on December 4 after arrest warrants were issued. They were sent to prison on bail of $ 500,000 apiece.
Conferences, for likely reasons, are usually procedural in nature and involve discussions between lawyers, prosecutors and the judge on bail and other issues.
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Their son Ethan Crumbley, as an adult, is charged with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
The conference was pushed back from Monday to January 7, for his likely reasons, so that a court-appointed lawyer could examine the evidence, including testimony about the November 30 shooting that injured six other students and a teacher.
James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of not intervening on the day of the tragedy, despite the fact that they encountered a chilling message – “blood everywhere” – that was found on the boy’s desk.
According to Oakland County Attorney Karen MacDonald, the Crumbley took “egregious” actions, from buying a gun on Black Friday and giving it to Ethan Crumbley to resisting his expulsion from school when they were called hours before the shooting.
They pleaded not guilty to each of the four counts of manslaughter they were charged with.
They were captured in a commercial building that housed works of art. Crumbly’s lawyer, Shannon Smith, said the day before that the couple left town earlier this week “for their own safety” and would return to Oxford to face charges.
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Detroit Police Chief James White said the couple were “helped into the building” and that the person who helped them could also face charges.
Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Detroit, was closed after the shooting. On Monday, students from high school sports teams began returning to the competition.
The district says it consulted with mental health experts and law enforcement officials about reopening sports, and the recommendation was to allow students and the community to connect with their peers.
Other schools in the district were closed on Tuesday out of “unnecessary caution,” the district said after a threat was posted on social media at the middle school. Online threats against other Michigan schools following the Oxford High School shootings led to school closures and charges.
Oxford County will also hold its first Student Council meeting on Tuesday night after the shooting.