The Chicago Tribune reports that a man accused of killing his parents appeared in front of a judge from his hospital bed. James Eric Davis, Jr., 19, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, appeared via video for his first court hearing today. Davis is a college student who was arrested for shooting and killing his parents in his Michigan dorm room.
The suspect was in his hospital bed during the video feed hearing, where his bond for both murder and gun charges has been lowered from $3 million to $1.125 million.
Davis was hospitalized after he was found by authorities on Saturday night, about 16 hours after his parents were fatally shot in his dorm room at Central Michigan University.
Prosecutors asked the judge to keep Davis’ bond at $3 million, citing his flight risk because he is not from Michigan. However, defense attorneys claim that such a high bond equates to no bond for a 19-year-old student.
The judge assigned to the case set bond for $500,000 for each of the two murder counts and $125,000 for the weapons charge Davis is facing.
According to authorities, Davis was seen acting strangely the day prior to the shootings and was hospitalized due to possible drug use. His parents came to the college campus to pick him up from the hospital and were packing a bag for him in his dorm room when he shot them both with his father’s gun. After the shooting, campus activities were suspended and authorities began a manhunt searching for Davis, which ended approximately 16 hours later.
*Photo credit Central Michigan University/AP