A college student from the Chicago area who is accused of gunning down his parents in his Michigan dorm appeared alternately relaxed and confused during his first court hearing Tuesday.
Central Michigan University student James Eric Davis Jr. was arraigned via closed circuit TV from his hospital bed at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital on Tuesday.
Davis Jr. answered “yes,” when asked if he understood the charges against him.
He appeared confused when asked if he wanted court-appointed defense attorney Joshua Blanchard to represent him. He did agree to have Blanchard represent him.
Davis Jr. is charged with killing his father James Davis Sr, 48, and his mother Diva Davis, 47, after they picked him up from a hospital where he was treated for a drug overdose on Friday night.
They took him to his dorm room in Campbell Hall to pick up his clothes for the trip home to Plainfield, Il.
A half an hour later, they were dead.
Davis Sr. was a police officer in Bellwood, Illinois. He and his wife were shot and killed with his service weapon.
Through an attorney, the Davis family released a statement to “express their love and support” for the suspect, whom they referred to as Eric Jr. The statement said the family wanted him “to know that he has not been abandoned.”
“Further, they want it known that Eric Junior is their main focus,” the statement said.
The family also thanked the Bellwood Police Department; American Airlines, which previously employed Diva Davis; and friends and co-workers “for the support they have extended to the family.”
The school announced Monday that normal campus operations would resume, though the college is on spring break this week.
Davis Jr. has a history of drug addiction and mental illness.