Skelton waives preliminary hearing, case to proceed to trial
1:48 PM, Dec 27, 2010
12:26 PM, Jan 28, 2011
ADRIAN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The father of three missing Morenci boys has waived a
preliminary examination and will be arraigned on parental
kidnapping charges January 5.
John Skelton waived his hearing Monday morning. It had been set
for Tuesday. Preliminary examinations are used to determine if
there is enough evidence for a case to proceed to trial. By waiving
the hearing Skelton ensures that the case will go right to
Skelton is charged in the disappearance of his three young sons.
Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton have been missing since
Thanksgiving. The last confirmed sighting of the boys was in John
At the time of their disappearance, Skelton told investigators
that he gave the boys to a woman named JoAnn Taylor and that they
were in her custody. He has since said the boys were in the custody
of an "organization." However, police have said that they don't
believe Taylor exists and Skelton has declined to identify any
Skelton has been in police custody since late November when
officials were notified about the missing boys. At the time he said
he tried to commit suicide after turning the boys over to Taylor.
After being released from an Ohio hospital he was held in the Lucas
County jail until he waived extradition to Michigan. He is
currently being held in the Lenawee County jail on $30 million
The disappearance of the boys triggered a massive search effort
along the Michigan-Ohio border. However, no trace of them has been
found and official search activities have been suspended. If you
have any information about the boys' location you’re asked to
call 517-458-7104. A $10,000 reward has been offered in the
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