CMU student arraigned in parents’ slaying

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — A 19-year-old student accused of killing his parents inside a Central Michigan University dorm room was arraigned Tuesday.

James Eric Davis Jr., 19, remained hospitalized in police custody but appeared in court via video for Tuesday’s hearing. He was arrested early Saturday following a manhunt.

Davis is accused of shooting and killing his parents, Diva and James Davis Sr. of Illinois, around 9 a.m. Friday on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall in the Towers residence hall complex.

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

Davis Jr. was on the run for about 15 hours before someone traveling on a train spotted him near the Bellows Street railroad crossing and called police. Officers took Davis Jr. to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia and the effects of a drug overdose or interaction.

Central Michigan University students seeking counseling services during spring break may contact the Listening Ear crisis line, a local 24-hour referral line, at 989-772-2918.

The Counseling Center in Foust 102 is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be contacted at 989-774-3381. Students can call or come to the center to make an appointment.

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