Lawyer for Oxford shooter’s parents says couple not on run despite Sheriff’s statement

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UPDATE: (4:38) — Despite statements from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office saying that they are looking for the Crumbleys and they haven’t turned themselves in yet, an attorney for the couple says they are not on the run.

The Crumbley’s lawyer released the following statement:

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. Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges. 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.

Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also released the following statement regarding the possibility of the Crumbleys fleeing the country.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is aware of the current situation regarding the parents of Ethan Crumbley. We are in communication with our federal, state, and local partners, and defer any further questions back to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.”

CBP Statement

UPDATE: (4:05) — Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the parents of the alleged Oxford High School shooter.

Earlier today, charges were announced against Jennifer and James Crumbley for their involvement in the school shooting. Both are facing four charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard said an attorney for the couple contacted detectives this morning, saying she represented them and would make arrangement for their arrest if charges were issued.

When the Oakland County Prosecutor issued the charges today, detectives immediately went to arrest the couple, they said.

The sheriff’s office said the couple’s attorney contacted detectives later and said she had repeatedly called them but had not got a hold of them over phone or text.

“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. “The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy.”

The Associated Press is reporting that the couple’s attorney says they are returning to the area to face arraignment.

UPDATE: (3:08 p.m.) –The parents of the Oxford High School shooting suspect did not turn themselves in today when they were scheduled to.

Per an agreement reached with law enforecement. James and Jennifer Crumbley were supposed to turn themselfves in today at 2:00 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. appearance.

They have not yet surrendered.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office fugitive task force is now looking for them.

A ‘be-on-the-lookout’ (BOLO) notice has been issued for the parents.


UPDATE (1:52 p.m.) — Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement regarding the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley:

I fully support Prosecutor McDonald’s issuance of charges against Jennifer and James Crumbley. Demanding accountability of a child’s parents under the circumstances presented is not just appropriate, it’s crucial. Justice demands no less. My heart continues to go out to the families who lost their child in this unfathomable tragedy. We must not let this pass without properly addressing gun violence and responsible gun ownership.”

UPDATE (11:51 a.m.) — The parents of the alleged 15-year-old Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley are each facing four charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to new court documents.

James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley are both facing charges of homicide-manslaughter-involuntary in Oakland County court.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed that Ethan Crumbley was present when James Crumbley had purchased the gun that was allegedly used in the Oxford shooting.

Jennifer Crumbley, Ethan’s mother, reportedly posted online about Ethan testing out his “new Christmas present” which was the gun that his father had bought.

Crumbley was additionally caught by a teacher searching for ammunition, in which Jennifer Crumbley texted her teenage son “Lol I’m not mad, you have to learn how not to get caught,” regarding the incident.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard also has said that the Crumbley parents were at the school, meeting with administrators about Ethan’s behavior the day of the shooting.

A teacher saw a note on the 15-year-old’s desk, saying that the “thoughts won’t stop” and that his “life is useless”.

Ethan’s mother texted her son and said “Ethan, don’t do it.”

Crumbley’s parents were advised to remove Ethan from school and to get him to counseling within 48 hours on the day of the shooting. The parents did not remove Crumbley from school.

Following initial reports of the shooting, James Crumbley called police and said that his gun was missing and that he believed that his son may be the shooter.

“There were a lot of things that were so simple to prevent,” said Prosecutor Karen McDonald.


OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has a press conference scheduled for today at 12:00 p.m. where she is expected to announce charges against the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.

Crumbley is facing numerous charges after he allegedly killed four people at Oxford High School on Tuesday.

Crumbley allegedly used a gun that his dad purchased just four days before the shooting.

Yesterday, Bouchard addressed concerns about copycat threats that numerous schools across Michigan have received.

Bouchard said there has been a tidal wave of copycat threats, prompting more than half of the public schools in Oakland County and other districts outside the county to suspend classes.

Bouchard said yesterday he’s aware of at least 60 schools that have closed because of threats, but there have been more since.

Locally, Holt High School received a ‘non-descript’ threat in the bathroom late Thursday afternoon.

Webberville Community Schools also closed down Friday because of threats they had received.

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