Ethan is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes. Earlier on Friday, the 15-year-old waived his right to a key hearing and took his case to Oakland County Magistrates’ Court.
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A teenager accused of killing four students in their Michigan high school, waived a key hearing Friday, a decision that sends her case straight to a lower court, while her parents faced a court appearance to try to get out of jail.
Michigan prosecutors usually have to present evidence to show that there is a probable reason to send people to trial on felony charges, a low bar. Ethan Crumbley has waived his right to go through this step.
Crumbley, 15, is billed as an adult with murder and other crimes. Four students were killed and more were injured in a shooting at Oxford High School on November 30.
After the brief hearing, defense lawyer Paulette Loftin told WWJ-AM that a plea deal on the road was a “definite possibility”, although “it is too early to move into this phase”.
Crumbley’s parents, meanwhile, were due to appear in another court on Friday afternoon in an attempt to get their link lowered to $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 and leave jail.
Jennifer and James Crumbley are charged with manslaughter. They are accused of making a weapon accessible to their son and refusing to bring him home earlier in the day when school counselors confronted them with distressing drawings of violence.
“The last thing they expected was a school shooting to take place, or their son to be responsible for it,” defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said in a court filing.
Prosecutors oppose the lower bond. They noted that the elder The Crumbleys have been missing for hours when the charges were first announced on Dec. 3 before police found them miles away at a Detroit art studio early the next morning.
Smith said they planned to appear in court on December 4.
The Crumbleys “will run away if they get the chance,” prosecutors said in a court filing, noting that they were behind on mortgage payments and had put their house up for sale.
Oxford High students are expected to return to school next week for the first time since the shooting, but in a different building. The high school, located about 50 kilometers north of Detroit, could reopen during the week of January 23.
Ed White, The Associated Press