Two parents accused with their son’s murder in a tragic Michigan school shooting have returned to court to request a lesser bond amount in order to be released from custody.
James and Jennifer Crumbley have been in custody since December 4 after failing to pay a $500,000 bail. They’re hoping a court will agree to decrease the fine to $100,000 on Friday.
The Crumbleys have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30 that killed four teens and wounded several more. They’re accused of giving their son Ethan Crumbley access to a gun and refusing to take him home earlier in the day when school counselors approached them with disturbing pictures of violence.
In a court brief, defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman stated, “The last thing they anticipated was for a school shooting to occur, or for their son to be the perpetrator.”
Separately, Ethan, 15, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. He has been charged with murder and other offenses as an adult.
The parents’ plea for a reduced bail is being opposed by prosecutors. They pointed out that when the charges were revealed on Dec. 3, the elder Crumbleys had been gone for hours before police discovered them miles away in a Detroit art studio early the next morning.
They were intended to appear in court on Dec. 4, according to Smith.
Prosecutors stated in a court statement that the Crumbleys “would depart if they get the chance,” adding that they were overdue on their mortgage payments and had placed their property up for sale.
Students at Oxford High School will return to class next week for the first time since the shooting, but in a different facility. The high school, which is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit, is expected to reopen the week of January 23.