Parents of Michigan teen charged in school shooting plead not guilty

James Robert Crumbley (left) and Jennifer Lynn Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, are pictured in their booking photos released by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office on Saturday. Photos via Oakland County Sheriff's Office/UPI

Dec. 4 (UPI) — The parents of a Michigan teen suspected in the Oxford High School shooting pleaded not guilty Saturday to four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Oakland County Judge Julie Nicholson set a $500,000 bond each for James and Jennifer Crumbley, citing concerns about flight risk.

The Crumbleys were arrested overnight after a tip led authorities to a commercial building in Detroit, where the couple appeared to be hiding after they missed their arraignment that was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

After an hours-long manhunt, they were booked into the Oakland County Jail, where their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, also is in custody.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a press conference Saturday that the office pursued the couple and did not wait for them to turn themselves in.

“As soon as the prosecutor gave some indication that there would be potentially charges, our detectives began to do what we call a packet to prepare for it: their charges, where they might go,” he said. “We began to do what we could to look for them, short of what the expanded capabilities are when you have an actual warrant, either a search warrant or an arrest warrant.”


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