CMU student gets $1.25M bond in parents’ slaying

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mount Pleasant – A 19-year-old student accused of killing his parents inside a Central Michigan University dorm room last week was formally charged with the crime Tuesday.

James Eric Davis Jr., seen here in a Facebook video from WDIV-TV (Channel 4), appeared in court via video for an arraignment hearing Tuesday in the shooting death of his parents on CMU’s campus.

James Eric Davis Jr. was ordered held on a $1.25 million bond by Isabella County Judge Paul Chamberlain during a video arraignment.

Davis also waived his right to have a probable cause hearing and preliminary examination of the case against him until he is released from the hospital.

The prosecutor had sought to maintain a $3 million bond, arguing Davis is a flight risk.

He was arrested early Saturday following a manhunt.

Davis is charged with murder in the Friday slayings of James and Diva Davis. The family is from the Chicago suburb of Plainfield, where Davis Sr. was a part-time police officer.

Investigators say the couple was helping their son pack for spring break when they were shot with a gun that belonged to Davis Sr. They’d picked their son up that morning from a hospital, where he was taken for evaluation after police said he was acting erratically.

Associated Press contributed.