The parents of the teenage suspect accused in a fatal Michigan school shooting lost their bid to lower their $1 million combined bail Friday.
They were each charged with four counts of manslaughter after prosecutors accused them of buying a firearm for their son and failing to intervene after he showed excruciating signs of violence.
James and Jennifer Curmbley have been in prison since early December, after a judge set bail at $500,000 each, citing concerns that they had not turned themselves in after being charged.
Their son, Ethan Curmbley, 15, is accused of killing four students and wounding seven people in a shooting at Oxford High School in November. On Friday, he waived his rights at a major hearing.
In a short court appearance, the teen suspect agreed to go straight to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary examination, in which prosecutors had to prove that there was probable cause for the crime and the suspect’s probable cause. .
Rather than undergo the process, the teen agreed to be bound to stand trial in Oakland County Circuit Court, where he would be tried on terrorism and first-degree murder charges. If convicted, the suspect, who is charged as an adult, faces life imprisonment.
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While he is currently imprisoned without bond, the bond issuance will be reviewed in the next two weeks in circuit court.
The defense previously argued that the suspect belonged to a juvenile facility, not an adult prison, where he is currently housed. The defense cited a recent federal law that states that minors held in adult prisons must not be within sight or “voice” of adult inmates. Defense attorneys argued that this was not the case at the Oakland County Jail.
However, the prosecution objected to his transfer to a juvenile center, arguing that he poses a danger to others due to his alleged crime. The district court judge agreed, though the issue would be raised again in circuit court, where the federal law, known as the Juvenile Justice and Deviation Prevention Act, would be examined.
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This law, which went into effect in 2020, requires that minors held in adult prisons — including those accused as adults — be transferred to juvenile detention centers by December 21, 2021. However, the only exception is when a court considers hearing and concludes that “it is In the interest of justice, keep the minor in adult prison.
It happened in this case. However, the law also requires the court to hold a hearing once every 30 days to review whether placing a minor in an adult facility is in the interests of justice.
Contributing: The Associated Press