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Although the parents of accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley missed their scheduled court appearance on Friday, the attorneys representing them are insisting they have not fled.
The Detroit News reports that attorneys lawyers Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman, who are representing Oxford, Michigan residents James and Jennifer Crumbley, say that their clients are planning to turn themselves in to be arraigned.
"The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports."
They also criticized prosecutors for holding a press conference to lay out their criminal case against the couple.
"On Thursday night, we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned," they said. "Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges."
Prosecutors accused the Crumbleys of buying a gun for their son last week that he subsequently used to murder four people at his high school.
The two parents are now facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Fleeing law enforcement might work in the movies, but it won't work for the parents of alleged Oxford, Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley, according to former senior FBI official Chuck Rosenberg.
"First of all, these parents have apparently made lots of bad decisions in raising their child," Rosenberg told MSNBC on Friday. "It's not surprising they would make another really bad decision by trying to run."
Criminal warrants were issued for James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday. They are each charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four Oxford High School students who were allegedly shot to death by their 15-year-old son.
On Friday afternoon, the Detroit News reported that the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team was searching for Crumbleys.
Rosenberg said the Crumbleys will undoubtedly be apprehended soon, but their apparent decision to flee could have "other ramifications." It is an indication of guilty, he said, and it could affect whether they are granted bond by a judge.
"It could also affect whatever sentence they receive at the end of the day," he said. "Running is a terrible idea. ... Eventually, they're going to find these two. It worked for Harrison Ford in 'The Fugitive' for a while, but it's not going to work for the Crumbleys."
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Fugitive team searching for Michigan shooter's parents after they stop communicating with their lawyer
The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team is searching for the parents of the Michigan school shooter after they stopped responding to their attorney, The Detroit News reports.
Criminal warrants were issued for James and Jennifer Crumbley of Oxford, Michigan, this Friday. They are each charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four Oxford High School students who were allegedly shot to death by their son.
“Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said Friday.
“Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said.
A statewide Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert has been issued for the couple, according to Fox 2 Detroit. The FBI and US Marshals are assisting local authorities with the search.
“If they think they are going to get away, they are not,” Oakland County sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said he charged the parents because the father purchased the handgun used in the shooting as a Christmas gift for his son. A meeting at the school in which the parents were shown a graphic drawing made by their son depicting a shooting victim also played a role.