CMU shooter arraigned in court

Mar 6, 2018

The suspect in last week’s shooting at Central Michigan University was formally arraigned from his hospital bed Tuesday afternoon.

James Davis Jr. is accused of shooting and killing his parents in his dorm room on Friday morning, before fleeing the scene. The shooting prompted a 15-hour manhunt that led to a lockdown for much of the Mount Pleasant community.

When officers arrested Davis early Saturday morning, they noted he “wasn’t making any sense.” He’s been hospitalized under armed guard ever since.

Davis is charged with with two counts of open murder and a felony firearms charge. Prosecutors were requesting a bond of $3 million, and argued that Davis was a flight risk. But Isabella County Judge Paul Chamberlain set bond at $1.25 million, after Davis’ attorney said setting the bond at the higher level was akin to denying bond altogether.

The defendant appeared in court via video from McLaren Central Michigan Hospital.

Davis waived a probable cause hearing until he is released from the hospital. There’s no word on when that might occur.