The parents of the teen charged in the Oxford High School shooting pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges Saturday morning, hours after community members gathered to mourn the four students who were shot and killed at the suburban Detroit high school.
A judge set bond at $500,000 each for James Crumbley, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, substantially more than defense attorneys had asked for. Each parent was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said they bought the firearm used in the shooting for their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, as a Christmas gift. He is accused of fatally shooting four students and injuring seven others on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the teen was accused of murder, terrorist acts and other offenses in an incident that investigators called a deliberate and methodical massacre.
Many people gathered at the Friday Night Vigil for Honoring the Dead, lighting candles. There was four minutes silence to remember the lives of four people: Tate Myre (16, Hana St. Julia 14, Madisyn Balb (17), and Justin Shilling (17).
Funeral services were scheduled for the coming days, starting Saturday.
David Coulter, Oakland County Executive, stated to the crowd that the loss of life and damage done to survivors would be forever remembered. But so will the coming together as a community.
He said, “It might seem impossible now that any like joy could be in our future. But I have faith that there is a peace that comes despite what we don’t understand.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer explained that the community had experienced one of the most difficult weeks in Michigan history, but they’ve also witnessed some of the greatest moments in each other.
She stated, “We’ve witnessed the best in our children, who are stronger then we could ever have imagined.” We’re proud of our teachers who were quick to respond and saved many lives. Meijer employees were outstanding, helping families to reunite. The doctors, nurses and faith leaders who helped us through this difficult and horrific time were the best. The best was seen in the first responders who reached us so quickly. Michiganders from all walks of life have contributed money and are the best.
It was the Big Ten’s first ever championship appearance on Saturday. the University of Michigan football team’s jerseys will include a patch with Oxford High School’s colors – blue and gold – and four hearts for the four slain students. The patch also will feature the letters “TM” and the number “42,” which was once worn by Tate Myre, an Oxford football player.
The Detroit Lions will pay tribute to the victims by displaying an Oxford-themed helmet sticker and offering a moment’s silence prior to their game against Minnesota Vikings.
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Judge sets bond for suspect’s parents at combined $1M
Citing concerns that James and Jennifer Crumbley did not appear at an arraignment Friday, Judge Julie Nicholson of Rochester Hills District Court set bond at a combined $1 million. The two appeared for the arraignment via video from the Oakland County Jail.
The U.S. Marshals Service issued “Wanted” posters on Friday and offered a reward for information leading to the Crumbleys’ arrest. Marshals Service issued “Wanted” posters and offered a reward for information leading to the Crumbleys’ arrests. They were found and arrested early Saturday in Detroit, a little more than two hours after someone saw their vehicle and called police.
The two were found inside a commercial building and were “distressed,” Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters. He stated that the two were unarmed.
White claimed that the police think someone allowed the Crumbleys to enter the building. White said that anyone who assisted the couple may face criminal charges.
The Crumbleys’ attorneys said in Saturday’s court appearance that their clients were not fleeing and that the missed court appearance was the result of miscommunication.
Shannon Smith, one the attorneys for the couple said that their clients would absolutely surrender to police. “It was simply a matter logistics.”
Judge Julie Nicholson of Rochester Hills District Court cited concerns about flight risk before setting bond Saturday.
Nicholson explained that these charges “are very, very severe, there is no doubt about it.” Given the events of yesterday, and the fact defendants were required to be apprehended to make their appearance for arraignment purposes, the court has concerns about both the flight risk and the safety of the public.
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Family’s attorneys dispute claims gun was left unlocked
According to the prosecution, the gun that was used in the shooting had been stored in an undisclosed drawer at the Crumbley home by the Crumbley couple who bought it as a Christmas gift.
McDonald said at a news conference Friday that Crumbley’s parents didn’t ask where the gun was when they were called to the school the day of the shooting because of a disturbing drawing their son made of a firearm.
She added that their investigation revealed Ethan Crumbley researched ammunition while at school and was allowed to return to class after the meeting with his parents.
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Parents’ lawyers contested the claim that Crumbleys locked the gun. Smith claimed that Smith was wrong to claim their son had “free access”.
The couple’s attorneys, Smith and Mariell Lehman, released a statement before the arraignment reading in part: “While it’s human nature to want to find someone to blame or something to point to or something that gives us answers, the charges in this case are intended to make an example and send a message. … We intend to fight this case in the courtroom and not in the court of public opinion. “We know the truth and the whole story will win in the end.”
Contributing: Dave Birkett, Darcie Moran, Liz Shepard, Bill Laitner, Susan Vela and Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press; Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY