Attorneys representing the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting, “fully intended to turn them in first thing this morning for arraignment,” they said in a statement Saturday morning ahead of their arraignment.
As CNN has previously reported, the parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were arrested early Saturday in Detroit, ending an hours-long search for them after they failed to appear in court on involuntary manslaughter charges in the killings. Law enforcement officials have described the couple as fugitives.
“While it’s human nature to want to find someone to blame or something to point to or something that gives us answers, the charges in this case are intended to make an example and send a message. The prosecution has very much cherry-picked and slanted specific facts to further their narrative to do that,” said the defendants’ attorneys, Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman.
The attorneys maintain their clients’ innocence.
“They are absolutely taking this case seriously. They are devastated by the events in the Oxford incident. This is not something that’s being taken lightly by them or us,” Lehman said during the arraignment.
“Mr. Crumbley, as with Mrs. Crumbley, is not a flight risk, he is not a danger to the community. There’s no risk that they’re going to flee prosecution. They were never fleeing prosecution,” she added.