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Lawyer: Artist didn't know Michigan parents stayed in studio

A Detroit-area artist whose studio was used as a hiding spot for the parents of the accused Oxford school shooter says he did not know they stayed overnight.

DETROIT — A Detroit-area artist whose studio was where the parents of the Oxford High School student charged in a deadly shooting were found by police is cooperating with authorities and didn’t know the couple had stayed overnight. 

That's according to attorney Clarence Dass. He's representing the 65-year-old artist Andrzej Sikora. 

Sikora has not been charged. He will be interviewed by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon. Dass says Sikora was the one who reached out to police after the couple's arrest.

Police said on Thursday that two cell phones, two tablets and one computer have been seized for investigation, which could take up to 10 days to complete.

James and Jennifer Crumbley face four counts of involuntary manslaughter. They were found early Saturday inside a Detroit commercial building where art is stored. 

They are now being held at Oakland County Jail with bonds at $500,000 each. Their son is being held in the same jail without bond.

Dass says the Crumbleys came to the studio Friday morning, but Sikora was unaware of charges against the couple or that they stayed after he left for the day. 

“We will vigorously investigate the totality of the situation so a determination can be made if there is any criminality or obstruction of justice involved,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “Our findings will be presented to the prosecutor.”


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