1 min agoProsecutor: Crumbleys are “not people that we can be assured will return to court on their own” From CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph
During the arraignment for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald refuted the idea that they were planning on turning themselves in to authorities.
“This is a very serious, horrible, terrible murder and shooting, and it has affected the entire community, and these two individuals could have stopped it,” McDonald said.
“They had every reason to know that he was dangerous, and they gave him a weapon and they didn’t secure it and they allowed him free access to it,” she said.
McDonald addressed the defense attorneys’ claims that their clients had every intent to turn themselves in, but they could not get in touch with the prosecutor’s office. She also brought up that the Crumbleys withdrew $4,000 from an ATM on Friday.
“These are not people that we can be assured will return to court on their own,” she said.
“I can’t imagine why they were surprised. The whole country knew that these charges were coming,” McDonald later added.
“To suggest that anyone is somehow using this incident to create press, there’s a lot of attention here — because four children were murdered and seven others were injured. And that is on the mind of every single person in this country,” she said.
The Crumbleys pleaded not guilty after being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter over the shooting their 15-year-old son Ethan is accused of carrying out at Oxford High School. They were arrested early this morning after police found them in a building in Detroit.
47 min agoParents’ attorneys say they couldn’t reach prosecutor and they were “never fleeing prosecution” From CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph
During this morning’s arraignment for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect, an attorney told the court she repeatedly tried to get in contact with the Oakland County prosecutor and that her clients weren’t evading law enforcement and were planning to turn themselves in.
“Last night and throughout the day, we were in contact with our clients — they were scared, they were terrified, they were not at home, they were figuring out what to do, getting finances in order,” attorney Shannon Smith said.
The Crumbleys, who were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter over the shooting their 15-year-old son Ethan is accused of carrying out at Oxford High School, were found early this morning in a building in Detroit and arrested after police conducted a manhunt following the couple’s failure to appear for a Friday arraignment.
“Our plan was to drive to the Novi district court this morning, because arraignments were supposed to start at 8:30 [a.m. ET] for any county arraignment, and we had plans to meet them at 7:30, to text the Fugitive Apprehension Team to get to the court by 8:30 so they could be arraigned first thing. Those were plans we made and solidified, and we did not announce it because unlike the prosecution, we weren’t attempting to make this a media spectacle,” Smith said.
“This case is absolutely the saddest, most tragic, worst case imaginable, there is absolutely no doubt. But our clients were absolutely going to turn themselves in – it was just a matter of logistics and all the prosecution had to do was communicate with me about it, and we tried multiple times,” Smith added. Defense attorney Mariell Lehman said that the couple is “absolutely taking this case seriously.”
“They are devastated by the events in the Oxford incident. This is not something that’s being taken lightly by them or us,” Lehman said during the arraignment.
“Mr. Crumbley, as with Mrs. Crumbley, is not a flight risk, he is not a danger to the community. There’s no risk that they’re going to flee prosecution. They were never fleeing prosecution,” she added.
1 hr 8 min agoBond for parents of Michigan school shooting suspect set at $500,000From CNN’s Mark Morales
Oakland County, Michigan, Judge Julie Nicholson set bond for the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley at $500,000 each.
If they manage to post bond, there are several conditions both James and Jennifer Crumbley must follow: They are not to have any firearms in their possession and must turn over any and all weapons, Nicholson said. The Crumbleys would also have to wear a GPS tether and would only be allowed to attend work, court appearances, medical appointments and attorney meetings, so long as a schedule and proof of employment is given to pretrial services ahead of time.
They are not to use alcohol, marijuana, or any recreational dr
Bond for the two has been set at $500,000. A police manhunt ended in their arrests on involuntary manslaughter charges early this morning.
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