Teen in Michigan school shooting waives key court hearing

Meanwhile, his parents lose their bid to have bail lowered, get out of jail.
By: | January 7, 2022

A teenager charged with killing four students at their Michigan high school waived a key hearing Friday, moving his case straight to a trial court, while a judge rejected a request by his parents to reduce their $500,000 bail and get them out of jail.

Prosecutors vigorously opposed a lower bond for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who are charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths at Oxford High School. They countered with more examples of the parents’ alleged failure to get help for Ethan Crumbley before the Nov. 30 shooting.

The elder Crumbleys are accused of making a gun accessible to their son and refusing to take him home on the day of the shooting when school counselors confronted them with distressing drawings of violence.

Judge Julie Nicholson declined to reduce the parents’ bond to $100,000, noting they didn’t turn themselves in after charges against them were announced on Dec. 3.

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