Friday’s bail hearing for Crumbley parents.

On Friday afternoon, an Oakland County judge dismissed a request to lower the bail for the parents of Oxford school gunman Ethan Crumbley, citing the possibility that they could flee before their manslaughter trial.

Keeping James and Jennifer Crumbley’s bond at $ 500,000, District Court Judge Julie Nicholson noted the couple had ties to Florida, had not surrendered when the charges were announced and had hidden their feelings. car outside the Detroit building where they were eventually found by police. .

The hearing represented a preview of the prosecution case against parents who he said were gravely negligent and ignored the many red flags presented by their son in the eight months before he blew up his school , killing four classmates.

Crumbley searched his phone for school shootings and guns so frequently that he started receiving spam ads regarding his mental well-being, Deputy District Attorney Marc Keast said. He was also reportedly fascinated by Nazi propaganda, buying a Nazi piece from Amazon that he kept outdoors in his bedroom. A drawing of a Nazi symbol was also discovered next to a grocery list in an apparent family notebook.

“The evidence will show that Ethan Crumbley was gravely confused, that he was fascinated by guns, that he was violent, that he displayed terrifying tendencies and behaviors, and that he literally sketched out what he planned to do in his journal and his drawings, ”Keast said. “His parents (…) did not intervene. They did not schedule therapy, did not investigate what might be in his room, on his phone or in his browser history. didn’t even keep their other weapons safe. “

Beginning in March, Keast said Ethan Crumbley texted his mother several times to tell her he believed there was a demon or ghost inside the house. In May, he filmed himself torturing and killing animals, and kept a severed bird’s head in a jar in his bedroom for six months. He also allegedly made Molotov cocktails.

Crumbley laid out his plans for the shoot in his diary and a home video, Keast said. He also stopped doing his homework and expressed surprise when his parents didn’t seem to notice. All the while, Keast said, James and Jennifer Crumbley kept their guns unlocked and accessible, including, ultimately, the Sig Sauer pistol they purchased for Ethan to be used in the attack.

Prosecutors also presented new details of the behavior of the Crumbley parents several days after the shooting. James and Jennifer are said to have stayed in a hotel before moving to the Detroit artist studio where they were discovered. They also raised as much money as they could, said prosecutor Karen McDonald, emptying Ethan’s bank account of $ 3,000, drawing $ 6,000 from their own account and arranging the sale of horses they had. owned in Florida. They also had four cell phones, two of which were burners whose numbers were unknown to law enforcement, she said.

When they were finally discovered by police on December 4, their car was reportedly parked in such a way that their license plate was not visible and they remained hidden behind a locked door even after officers announced their presence.

Lawyers for the Crumbleys have argued the couple were only trying to avoid public attention when they didn’t surrender quickly. This had sought to reduce each of their obligations to $ 100,000.

Jennifer Crumbley is no longer employed, while James Crumbley worked as a DoorDash driver before being arrested, McDonald said. Their Oxford house is for sale.

Their next court appearance, a preliminary review, is set for February 8.