In a tense arraignment on Saturday morning, James and Jennifer Crumbley listened by videoconference from separate jail cells as they were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shootings of four Oxford High School students, who, the police say, were gunned down by the couple’s 15-year-old son, Ethan.
As the judge read each of the charges, one for each of the four students, she asked Ms. Crumbley if she understood.
“I understand,” Ms. Crumbley said tearfully.
The arraignment, where the couple entered pleas of not guilty, capped an extraordinary day and a half during which the Crumbleys, considered fugitives by the authorities, were captured in Detroit after an intense manhunt and then placed in the same jail facility in Oakland County, Mich., that held their son, with each of the three in isolation.
The arrest and the arraignment, along with other information that emerged on Saturday, only began to answer some of the questions about who the Crumbleys are, how they got to this moment and what could have prevented the tragedy at Oxford High.
Suspicions of the Crumbleys’ culpability in the shootings intensified Saturday as details about their apparent attempts to evade law enforcement were revealed. The manhunt ended with their arrests around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, after the authorities received a tip on the couple’s location. The Crumbleys were found inside an art studio in a warehouse in Detroit, according to Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County. They were not...
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