$500k Each: Bond Set For Parents of Michigan School Shooting Suspect

$500k Each: Bond Set For Parents of Michigan School Shooting Suspect
$500k Each: Bond Set For Parents of Michigan School Shooting Suspect

After a brief $10,000 manhunt, the mom and dad of a teen accused of carrying out a mass killing at Oxford High School were arraigned on criminal charges.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, James R. Crumbley, 45, and Jennifer L. Crumbley, 43, appeared before Oakland County District Judge Julie A. Nicholson for arraignment on four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The charge is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

The Crumbleys are the parents of Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old Oxford sophomore accused of shooting 10 students and one teacher on Nov. 30. Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17, died as a result of their injuries. Crumbley was taken into police custody completely unscathed.

The Crumbleys appeared in front of Nicholson via Zoom from different rooms in the Oakland County Jail. Both parents started sobbing during the hearing as Nicholson read the charges and the names of each deceased student.

James & Jennifer Crumbley Arraigned

The Crumbleys only spoke to respond to Nicholson’s yes/no questions or to enter their pleas. The Crumbleys both pleaded not guilty.

Nicholson set each of Crumbley’s bonds at $500,000 cash-surety with no 10% option. They will be placed on GPS tethers if they post bond.

At the arraignment, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald made the argument for a high bond.

“The likelihood of conviction is strong,” McDonald said. She recounted that on Nov. 26, James Crumbley bought a 9mm Sig Sauer SP for his son. The next day, Jennifer Crumbley and her son went to a shooting range and posted about having a “mother-son day” on social media, McDonald said.

“It was clear from the facts that (Ethan Crumbley) had total access to this weapon and that it was for him,” McDonald said. “On the 29th, both defendants were aware he was searching for ammunition on his phone at school. Instead of reacting to that as a concerned parent … Mrs. Crumbley texted, ‘LOL, I’m not mad. Just next time don’t get caught.’”

Video shows arrest of school shooting suspect’s parents

Source: MLive