(Belga) The parents of the teenager who killed four students at a high school in the northern United States pleaded not guilty on Saturday to manslaughter for letting their son use a gifted weapon, a judge having set their bail at one million dollars.
During the reading of the indictment on Saturday morning, James and Jennifer Crumbley, detained since the day before, pleaded not guilty to the four charges which target them, and for which they risk each time up to 15 years from prison. The parents were arrested Friday after an active search by the police and the FBI. They were finally located in an industrial building in Detroit, about sixty kilometers from the scene of the shooting, not far from where their car had been spotted earlier. “The court is worried about the risk of flight” of the defendants, Judge Julie Nicholson said on Saturday, setting their bail at $ 500,000 each. “These charges are very serious, there is no doubt about it,” she said. The couple had withdrawn on Friday morning 4,000 dollars, but his lawyers repeated Saturday that he was not on the run. “Our clients were going to surrender well, it was just a logistical problem,” said lawyer Shannon Smith. Ethan Crumbley, 15, killed four students in cold blood and injured six others as well as a teacher on Tuesday in the grounds of the high school in Oxford, a small town north of Detroit. He was charged with “terrorist act” and “assassinations”. The teenager risks life imprisonment because he is being prosecuted as an adult. He pleads not guilty but has chosen to remain silent, and is being held in solitary confinement in the county jail in Pontiac. (Belga)