John Skelton waives preliminary exam

(WXYZ) - In a surprise move the father of three missing boys from Morenci has decided to forgo his rights to a preliminary exam in the case of his missing sons.

According to a release from Morenci's Chief of Police, Larry Weeks, Skelton was brought before a judge in Lenawee County District Court at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday. At that time John Skelton waived his rights to a preliminary exam that was set to begin on Friday.

The case will now return to circuit court for an arraignment on Wednesday, June 8.

The family of the missing boys tells Action News the mother of Tanner, Alexander and Andrew 5, 7 and 9, was ready to take the stand and testify against her estranged husband.

Skelton has insisted that he gave his sons up to an organization to protect them from his wife, Tanya.

They have not been seen since Thanksgiving.

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