Pontiac – Lawyers for the parents of the Oxford High School teen accused in Tuesday’s school shooting said that James and Jennifer Cromble will return to the district to stand trial for manslaughter.
The Oakland County fugitive team was searching Friday for the parents of Ethan Curmbley, the 15-year-old second-year Oxford student charged with the murders of four first-degree students and other criminal charges, after County District Attorney Mike McCabe said the couple had stopped responding. . to their lawyers.
“On Thursday night, we called the Oakland County District Attorney to discuss this matter and informed her that James and Jennifer Curmbley would turn themselves in for a subpoena,” attorneys Shannon Smith and Marielle Lehman told the Detroit News. Instead of contacting us, the attorney general held a press conference to announce the accusations.”
“The Crumbles left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area for a summons. They are not fleeing law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.”
Oxford’s James and Jennifer Crumpley were named in criminal warrants on Friday, each charged with four counts of manslaughter in the murders of four Oxford High School students allegedly murdered by their son. Their names were also mentioned in a press conference this afternoon held by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen MacDonald to announce the charges against them.
Their case was indicted at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, and the trial was tentatively set for 4 p.m. Friday. But the court closed in the late afternoon on Friday without seeing the Krumbly family.
“Their attorney has assured us that if a decision is made to charge them, they will be brought in for arrest,” McCabe said Friday.
McCabe said the agreement with attorney Smith was sometime in the morning, around 2 p.m. Friday.
“Our last conversation with the lawyer was that she was trying to reach them by phone and text, and they didn’t respond,” he said.
McCabe said that fugitive arrest team officers were outside searching for the couple until mid-afternoon on Friday. Crumbleys owns a black 2021 Kia Seltos with a DQG5203 license plate and a white 2019 Kia Soul Station Wagon with a DZH8994 license plate, according to Mayor and Secretary of State office records.
McCabe said the parents’ attorney began the conversation Friday morning when it was announced that the attorney general was holding a press conference to announce whether a decision had been made to indict anyone else in the deaths.
“We didn’t even know they were accused of anything until we were told by the media this morning,” McCabe said.
MacDonald offered numerous reasons for her decision, including the father’s purchase of the pistol, which was a Christmas gift for their son, and a school get-together where they were shown an infographic drawn by their son depicting the shooting victim. Each charge carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
“I spoke to (the victims’ parents) and explained the charges against them,” MacDonald said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. “These parents are deeply saddened.
“I have tremendous sympathy and sympathy for parents who have children who are suffering, for whatever reason,” she added. But the facts in this case are very terrible. The idea that a parent can read these words, and know that their son has access to a deadly weapon.”
Ethan, Cromple’s son, 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 first-degree murder. felony. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.
Scott Weinberg, a former assistant district attorney for Macomb County and a longtime Oakland County defense attorney, said Friday that “lawyers have too much power” and they can’t force a client to attend.
Weinberg said, “As a lawyer, you are their advisor, not their custodian.”
“Sometimes, people get scared,” he added. “They started ending personal affairs, paying off the mortgage, just so they wouldn’t have to do it from prison.”
Weinberg said the arrangements the agents make to turn themselves in make sense for both the police, who can avoid stalking, and the suspect. He said that clients who willingly give themselves up may be given a proper bond when they are charged.
“When they’re arrested now, it’s going to be hard to make that argument with the judge,” Weinberg said. “They may not get the reasonable bond that they could.”
Weinberg has had his clients not show up to turn themselves in.
“It happens all the time,” Weinberg said.
William Winters, a 38-year-old veteran defense attorney in Detroit, said such arrangements “are not generally made” in murder cases.
Winters said police usually want a time and place, either at the police station or court, when suspects surrender.
The defense attorney said he “could not” tell if his client would honor the arrangement.
“I want to be with the accused in this case” to ensure a safe arrest, Winters said.
Author Robert Snell contributed.