Father of a Michigan boy charged with fatal shooting four students at Oxford High School said “I love you” to his wife on Tuesday as the couple appeared in court to face charges of involuntary manslaughter.
James and Jennifer Crumbley allegedly gave 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley access to a gun and failed to intervene when they were confronted with his disturbing drawings hours before the November 30 shooting.
Judge Julie Nicholson asked prosecutors and defense attorneys to postpone until February 8 a key hearing that will determine whether eldest Crumbleys faces a trial.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald said she needed more time to gather evidence from investigators and share it with the defense.
“This is unprecedented in Oakland County and probably the entire state,” McDonald said.
The Crumbleys sat outside two of their attorneys. But when the attorneys got up to speak to the judge privately, James Crumbley uttered “I love you” to his wife.
Parents arrested on December 4 hiding in a commercial building in Detroit, hours after the charges were announced. They are still in prison and unable to pay the $500,000 bond, although defense attorney Shannon Smith said she will ask for a lower amount on January 7.
Ethan Crumbley be charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes. In addition to the deaths of four students, six students and a teacher were injured.
The teen had a brief hearing on Monday and will return January 7. His attorney also needs more time to review the evidence.
James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of not being able to walk into the tragic day despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message – “blood everywhere” – found on the boy’s desk.
The Crumbleys committed “severe” acts, from buying a gun on Black Friday and providing it for their son to resisting his expulsion from school, McDonald said.
Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Detroit, has been closed since the shooting. Students on the school’s sports teams return to play on Monday.
The district said other Oxford schools were closed on Tuesday out of “out of an abundance of caution” following a threat directed at their middle school on social media. Online Threats Against Michigan Schools Following the shooting at Oxford High School led to the closure of schools elsewhere and charges.
Oxford School District will hold its first school board meeting on Tuesday night since the shooting.
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