Parents of Alleged Oxford School Shooter Go Missing After New Charges: Sheriff
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the attorney of James and Jennifer Crumbley could not get a hold of the couple after the charges were issued.Asked if the Crumbleys are missing, Bouchard told CNN: "Correct.
Ethan Crumbley, the suspect in last month's mass shooting at Oxford High School, is scheduled to appear for a hearing in a Michigan courtroom on Monday.
The 15-year-old is being held at Oakland County Jail in the deaths of four students and the shooting of seven other people on November 30. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced after his arrest that Crumbley would be tried as an adult for murder.
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Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say. That's what makes the case against Ethan Crumbley's parents uncommon, following the fatal shooting of four students at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Jennifer and James Crumbley ignored opportunities to intervene, just a few hours before the bloodshed.They're charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Ethan, 15, is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
Crumbley's court hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. for a probable cause conference. McDonald will be present for the hearing, though Crumbley is expected to appear virtually.
Crumbley faces 24 charges: one count of terrorism causing death; four counts of first-degree murder; seven counts of assault with intent to murder; and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Authorities have identified the students killed during the shooting as Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17.
School officials have said a teacher found a drawing on the morning of the shootings made by Crumbley that showed a gun and a bloody figure. A meeting was called with the accused shooter and his parents, and officials told the parents to give their son counseling.
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One person on Twitter asked if the situation "could get anymore messed up."James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, were reportedly labeled as "fugitives" by county officials after they left Oxford. Police had been attempting to arrest the pair on involuntary manslaughter charges after Ethan allegedly killed four students during a mass shooting.
McDonald said his parents did not want their son taken out of school that day, and he was permitted to stay.
A not guilty plea was entered on Crumbley's behalf during his arraignment on December 1, when he was denied bond.
Crumbley's court-appointed attorney, Paulette Michel Loftin, could seek a mental competency exam during Monday's hearing.
"I have to make sure my client understands every single piece of evidence that's going to be potentially against him, and that's my job as a defense attorney," Loftin told ABC-affiliated television station WXYZ-TV on December 8. "It's not as though I'm defending his actions. I'm defending him to make sure his rights are preserved."
Crumbley's parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are scheduled to have a probable cause hearing Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. They are charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Ethan Crumbley's next court date is scheduled for December 20. That appearance is for a preliminary examination during which a judge would hear evidence and decide whether or not there's enough evidence to send Crumbley to trial. Should Loftin request and be granted a mental competency exam for her client, the case could be paused.
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James and Jennifer Crumbley are scheduled to have a preliminary examination on December 21.
NBC affiliate WDIV-TV will stream Ethan Crumbley's court hearing live at 1:15 p.m.
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Parents of suspect in Michigan school shooting due in court .
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School are scheduled to return to court on charges of involuntary manslaughter. A probable cause conference was scheduled Tuesday in Rochester Hills District Court for James and Jennifer Crumbley. Police said the Oxford, Michigan, couple was found Dec. 4 hiding in a commercial building in Detroit after warrants were issued for their arrests.Probable cause conferences typically are procedural and involve discussions between defense attorneys, prosecutors and a judge on bond and other matters.