Parents charged with Michigan school shooting seek lower bail


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a Michigan teenager charged in a fatal school shooting are asking a judge to lower their bond and help them get out of jail.

James and Jennifer Crumbley have been locked up since December 4, unable to find $500,000 each to leave police custody and await trial on manslaughter charges.

In a court filing, attorneys said the Crumbleys posed no risk to the public and would wear electronic monitoring devices. Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews will hear arguments Tuesday on a request to lower bail to $100,000 each.

Ethan Crumbley, who turns 16 next week, is charged with murder and other crimes. Four students were killed and others were injured in a shooting at Oxford High School on November 30.

The parents are accused of failing to keep a gun safe at home and failing to take reasonable care of their son when he showed signs of mental distress. They pleaded not guilty.

“The Crumbleys were absolutely shocked parents who had no reason to foresee what was to come,” defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman wrote.

The Oakland County District Attorney’s Office opposes a lower bond for the Crumbleys, noting that a similar request was denied by a lower court judge.


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