John Skelton update 2011.06.08

Written by David Green.

A Morenci man suspected in the disappearance of his three sons gave up his right for a probable cause hearing.

John Skelton, in jail since December and facing charges of kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, was scheduled to appear last Friday in Lenawee County District Court, but instead made a brief appearance June 1 to waive the hearing.

Skelton was initially charged with parental kidnapping after his three sons, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner, disappeared Thanksgiving day.

February in circuit court, prosecuting attorney Jonathan Poer added the more serious kidnapping charges and Skelton responded by asking for the case to return to district court for arraignment and a preliminary examination.

Now the case returns to Judge Margaret Noe in circuit court this week for arraignment and to set a trial date.

Skelton remains in the Lenawee County jail with a $90 million bond. The kidnapping charges could lead to life imprisonment.

In late January, Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks announced that the focus of the inquiry was shifting from a missing persons case to a murder investigation. Weeks stated that investigators do not believe Skelton’s story that he gave the children to someone from an organization to keep them away from their mother.

The Skeltons’ divorce case is also scheduled to resume in circuit court this week.

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