Parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter plead not guilty, bond set at combined $1M

Jennifer Crumbley, James Crumbley
Jennifer Crumbley, James Crumbley(WILX)
Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 2:12 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2021 at 2:21 AM EST
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PONTIAC, Mich. (WILX) - The parents of the suspected Oxford High School shooter pleaded not guilty to each of the four involuntary manslaughter counts against them during a Zoom hearing Saturday morning.

A judge set their bonds of $500,000 apiece and required GPS monitoring if they pay to be released, saying alongside prosecutors that they both posed a flight risk.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody in Detroit.

A business owner located a vehicle late Friday that officials said was tied to the couple. The Crumbleys were captured nearby and were expected to be booked into the Oakland County Jail.

A prosecutor has charged the parents with involuntary manslaughter.

The prosecutor accused the couple of buying a gun on Black Friday and making it available to Ethan Crumbley. The teen is accused of opening fire inside Oxford High School, killing four people and injuring seven others.

Late Friday, police located the vehicle belonging to the parents of the accused Oxford High School shooter late and a search was underway in Detroit. The vehicle is a black 2021 Kia Seltos SUV with the Michigan license plate number DQG 5203.

According to sources, they were taken into custody early Saturday morning after a search on Detroit’s east side.

James Robert Crumbley and Jennifer Lynn Crumbley were named in warrants issued Friday charging them with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each in connection with Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School.

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An attorney for the parents charged in connection with the Oxford High School shooting said Friday afternoon that the suspects will return to the area to be arraigned.

“We have our Fugitive Apprehension Team, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service and others actively looking for them and have every expectation we’ll have them in custody soon,” Bouchard said following the unsuccessful attempts to contact the parents. “The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy.”

The United States Marshals tweeted Friday evening that it was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrests of Jennifer and James Crumbley.

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