The Oakland County attorney said Thursday that a decision on whether to indict the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four students at Oxford High School could be made on Friday.
“The parents were the only ones who had the right to know about access to weapons,” said Oakland County Attorney Karen MacDonald. The gun “seems to have been simply available to this person in the public domain.”
Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged with the murder of 17-year-old fellow student Justin Schilling, 17-year-old Madison Baldwin, 16-year-old Tate Mayr and 14-year-old Khan St. Julian during the Tuesday high school shooting. Seven others, including the teacher, were injured in the attack.
Crumbly was prosecuted Wednesday afternoon before Judge Nancy Karniak in District Court 52-3 in Rochester on four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with the intent to murder, one count of terrorism resulting in death. , and 12 counts of possession of a firearm at the time of the crime. criminal offense. Bond was refused.
He is due to return to court on December 13 to discuss possible reasons. On Wednesday, Crumbly was transferred from the county juvenile facility, Children’s Village, to the Oakland County Jail.
The semi-automatic pistol used in the shooting was lawfully acquired by Crumbly’s father last Friday, investigators said.
And while Michigan doesn’t have a law requiring gun owners to keep guns out of the reach of children, MacDonald nonetheless suggested there was more to build on.
“All I can say at this point is that this action against Mom and Dad goes far beyond negligence,” she told WJR-AM on Thursday. “Obviously, we are following the shooter to the fullest. … There are other people who should be brought to justice. “
Later at a press conference, MacDonald said she hoped to receive the announcement in 24 hours. She said on Wednesday that Crumbly’s parents were under scrutiny when she brought charges against their son.
Jennifer and James Crumbley did not respond to a message left by the Associated Press.
William Swar, an attorney not involved in the case, said that the prosecution of the parents would require a “very thorough investigation.”
“What did they know and when did they find out?” – said Pack. “What preliminary information did they have about all this? Did they know anything about his attitude and things like that. You are talking about a very heavy burden that falls on the parents. “
Parents are rarely accused of school shooting involving their children, experts say, even though most minors receive guns at their parents ‘or relatives’ homes.
Just over half of the US states have laws to prevent children from using weapons, but they vary widely. Proponents of gun control say laws are often not enforced and penalties are weak.
“Our laws are not really tailored to the reality of school shootings, and the closest we have are laws to prevent child access,” said Chris Brown, president of the Brady Advocacy Group on Firearms Control.
In 2000, a Flint man withdrew from manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. The six-year-old boy who lived with him found a pistol in a shoebox and killed a classmate at school.
In 2020, the mother of a teenager from Indiana was sentenced to probation for not carrying a weapon out of her home after her mentally ill son threatened to kill students. In 2018, he shot at his school. No one was hurt, but the boy committed suicide.
In Texas, the parents of a student accused of killing 10 people at a school in 2018 have been sued over his access to a gun.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.