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Parents of teen accused in Michigan school shooting given combined $1 million bond

Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — The parents of the teen accused in the Oxford High School shooting were given a combined $1 million bond during their arraignments Saturday amid the judge's concerns about flight risk.

The names of the four Oxford High School students killed Tuesday — Tate Myre, Madisyn Baldwin, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling — were read before the parents pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter Saturday via video in Rochester Hills District Court.

Jennifer Crumbley, 43, tearfully said she understood the charges. James Crumbley, 45, sat emotionless. He wore a dark jail uniform while his wife wore a burgundy one. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

The pair were given a $500,000 cash bond each by Oakland County District Judge Julie Nicholson, who cited "concerns of a flight risk."

Defense attorney Shannon Smith had asked for a bond of $50,000 to $100,000, saying the couple was not a flight risk.

"They were not fleeing prosecution," added defense attorney Mariell Lehman, who noted the couple was "absolutely devastated" over the mass shooting their son, Ethan, 15, is accused of.


Smith also maintained her contention during the hearing that the husband and wife were not fleeing when they were captured before 2 a.m. Saturday in the basement of a building on Bellevue Street in Detroit.

Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult with 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. He faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted.

During Saturday's arraignment, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the couple bought the gun used in the mass shooting for their son and could have prevented Tuesday's tragedy.

"We know James Crumbley purchased this weapon for his son," McDonald said. "These two individuals could have stopped it."


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