Arraignment for Central Michigan University student accused of killing parents

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (3/6/2018) - The 19-year-old Central Michigan University student accused of killing his parents in a dorm room on campus officially was arraigned Tuesday on two murder charges.

James Davis Jr. on a video feed from McLaren Central Region hospital to Isabella County Trial Court.

James Davis Jr. appeared before an Isabella County Trial Court judge via a video link from his hospital bed at McLaren Central Region.

His court-appointed attorney and a prosecutor joined Davis in his hospital room. The rest of the court staff remained in the courtroom.

Judge Paul Chamberlain officially charged Davis with two counts of murder and one count of felony firearms.

Davis is accused of shooting his parents, Diva and James Davis Sr., on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall in the Towers residence hall complex on Friday. He fled the scene on foot and remained at large for 15 hours until he was captured just after midnight Saturday.

Davis Jr. didn't say much during the hearing, but he appeared confused during an exchange with the judge over whether he wanted to keep his court-appointed attorney.

The judge agreed to lower Davis Jr.'s bond from $3 million to $1.125 million after his court-appointed attorney argued the higher bond was akin to not offering bond at all.

Davis will remain in the hospital with a police officer stationed outside until medical staff clear him for release. He then will be taken to the Isabella County Jail to await further legal proceedings.

Davis waived his right to have the next hearing within the next couple weeks, so no further proceedings had been scheduled Tuesday evening.

Whitney Smith talks with ABC12 by phone in her fifth floor dorm at Campbell Hall in the Towers residence hall complex on the campus of Central Michigan University.

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