Following a manhunt, James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody Saturday morning in Detroit.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were the parents of the teenager who was accused of shooting four people at a Michigan high-school shooting. They pleaded not guilty.
The couple were arraigned before a judge on Saturday morning for four counts of involuntary murder. The judge set their bond at $500,000 each and expressed concern that they might be a flight risk since they were apprehended.
The attorneys of the couple had requested a $50,000 bond or $100,000, but were denied by Jennifer Crumbley and James.
Jennifer Crumbley wept as she explained to the judge that she understood the charges against her. Both she and her husband appeared virtually for the arraignment.
They are represented by Shannon Smith, and Mariell Lehman, both from the same firm.
Following a manhunt, James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody in Detroit earlier Saturday morning.
“Our clients will fight these charges,” Smith said. Smith stated that clients are as distraught as everyone else.
According to Chief James E. White, Detroit Police Department, Jennifer Crumbley was found in a commercial building.
He said that they appeared to be hiding inside the building and that someone had allowed them in. He said that the person could face criminal charges.
White stated that officers received a tip and set up a perimeter. The couple were taken into custody immediately.
He said, “They certainly seemed to be distressed.”
In an earlier statement, Mike McCabe, Oakland County Undersheriff, stated that the couple were taken into custody after a Detroit business owner called 911 to report their vehicle in his lot.
McCabe stated that a woman was near the car and ran on foot. McCabe also said that James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into police custody following a thorough search.
According to reports, James and Jennifer Crumbley fled shortly after prosecutors announced Friday afternoon the charges against them for the attack Tuesday that resulted in the deaths of four students from Oxford High School in suburban Detroit.
Their 15-year old son allegedly shot the victim using a handgun that officials claim was purchased by his father just days before.
According to county officials, Jennifer Crumbley and James Crumbley were charged with a variety of offenses. Jennifer Crumbley’s parents indicated that they had already agreed to have their arrest made if the charges were brought.
They were unable to be reached so it started a search that involved the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team (FBI), the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service and other law-enforcement organizations.
After officials had stated that they were looking for the pair on Friday afternoon, lawyers claimed the couple had not fled and had only left the town the night before the shooting “for their safety.”
Smith and Lehman stated that they were not fleeing law enforcement despite media reports.
According to NBC News, a source who had direct knowledge of the situation told NBC News that Friday’s Crumbleys walked into a Bank and took out $4,000 for unknown reasons.