ETHAN Crumbley’s parents reportedly drained $3,000 from his bank account before “hiding in friend’s studio and asking for vodka,” a court has heard.
Jennifer and James Crumbley appeared in court on Friday, as they face involuntary manslaughter charges for the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School, which killed four teenagers and injured others.
Prosecutors told the court that the pair had made several dubious decisions in the two days after the shooting as they fled their Oakland County home.
It began when they reportedly drained $3,000 from his bank account, leaving only 99 cents to spare.
The judge had previously noted how the pair also acquired burner phones after they went to another county knowing that they were scheduled to be charged.
Officials later tracked down the teenager’s parents to a basement in Bellevue Street, Detroit, Michigan, on December 4 after authorities launched a manhunt for the pair.
During their hideout, the Crumbley’s reportedly asked a friend to bring them vodka and orange juice as they settled into their new surroundings.
The defense argued that their clients had taken refuge over death threats received online after their home address was allegedly leaked on the internet.
But the prosecution disagreed, arguing the couple had showed no signs of surrender having also failed to return several calls from lawyers.
The Crumbley’s have now been in jail since December 4 and are unable to post their bond.
They’re accused of making a gun accessible to son Ethan Crumbley and refusing to take him home earlier that day when school counsellors confronted them with distressing drawings of violence.
They were also accused of neglecting their Ethan’s texts and calls after he wrote in his journal that he was “scared of a demon in his home.”
The Crumbleys defense attorneys argued they did not pose a flight risk and had received threats in the wake of the attack.
ETHANS ALLAGED RAMPAGE
Ethan, 15, also briefly appeared in court earlier, weeks after a judge rescheduled his first appearance in December as both the prosecution and defense requested more time to comb through the mountains of evidence from the shooting.
The teens alleged rampage began in the early afternoon of November 30, shortly following a meeting between himself, his parents, and a school counselor that had received a report of disturbing drawings made by the teenager.
A teacher discovered a note on his desk with a drawing of a handgun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop, help me,” prosecutors said.
It has also emerged that James called 911 40 minutes after his son allegedly shot four people dead to report a gun was missing from their home and that his son may have been the shooter.
Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School, was charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting that killed Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Justin Shilling, 17.
He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.