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the xfinity black friday sales event. click, call or visit a store today. good morning to you and welcome to your "new day." i'm christi paul. >> good morning, christi. i'm boris sanchez. new details on how official caught the parents of an alleged school shooter. officers are looking for a third person who may have helped them try to get away. also, tighter testing rules. a new set of protocols for international travelers goes into effect tomorrow. we'll tell you what you need to know. a know tenl showdown is taking place in georgia. why the state is about to become
a political hot spot. also, cripmson tide takes te win. we'll show you the game winning highlights. we're so grateful to have you this sunday, december 5th. great to see you, christi. >> you as well, boris. we do need to talk about what's happening with the michigan school shooting. >> we begin this morning with the latest developments in the oxford high school shootings. authorities identified a person of interest who helped the parents of the shooter evade police for hours. now that person could face charges. >> the couple is held at the oakland county jail on a combined million dollar bond after pleading not guilty to
four counts of involuntary manslaughter. they son ethan is being held on suspicion of wounding seven people and killing classmates. those classmates, 16-year-old tate myre, 17-year-old madisyn baldwin, 14-year-old hana saint julianne fla and 17-year-old justin schilling. in a letter to the oxford community school district, superintendent tim throne says he's requested an independent third party investigation into last tuesday's deadly shooting. authorities say they're still combing through they say a mountain of evidence in the case that has an entire family sitting behind bars this morning. the parents of the teenager accused of this week's deadly school shooting is waking up this morning in the same county jail where their teenagered son is being held on murdering four classmates. a judge ordered jennifer and james crumbley held on $500,000
bond following a manhunt that ended at a detroit county warehouse. they were taken into custody after a tip led police to the building hours after the couple were charged of involuntary manslaughter. each entered not guilty pleas in connection with tuesday's deadly shooting rampage. the county prosecutor says the crumbleys gave their troubled teenagered son access to a deadly weapon and did nothing to warn about the danger he pose zbld this is a very serious, horrible, terrible murder and shooting and it has affected the entire community. these two individuals could have stopped it, and they had every reason to know if he was dangerous and they gave him a weapon. they didn't secure it and they allowed him free access to it. >> prosecutor karen mcdonald
pushed hard for the half million in bond saying the couple was trying to flee. attorneys representing the couple said the couple had the gun locked up and the son didn't have access to it. they said the couple intended to turn themselves in but were unable to do so before police arrested them. >> last night and throughout the day we were in contact with our clients. they were scared. they were terrified. they were not at home. they were figuring what to do, getting finances in order. >> the cher riff of oakland county doesn't seem to buy it. >> we were out looking for them, working with our partners and they were taken into custody before that question was asked or answered. were they actually going to do it? i don't know. given they were hiding in a warehouse in detroit, it certainly raises my eyebrows. >> the country's son ethan was
arraigned, charged with terrorism, murder and other counts. authorities say there's clear evidence the shooting was premeditated and the 15-year-old, quote, was looking forward to it. let's get to cnn law enforcement reporter mark morales live in pontiac, michigan. get us up to speed on the independent investigation the school district is calling for. >> reporter: well, the school is asking for this investigation on the heels of a lot of parents reaching out asking questions. these questions are coming from press conferences being held by the prosecutor's office and the sheriff's office where they've been detailing the chain of events. and part of that always points to the interaction that the school shooter, ethan crumbley, had with school officials, guidance counselors. on tuesday morning he had a conversation with the guidance
counselor after he found a picture they had drawn. the picture depicted somebody being shot full of wuhl let wounds. he in his defense, according to this letter, says the drawing was because he was trying to create a video game. we wanted a career in video game design. eventually the parents came and they were able to talk to the parents about this, but it was the guidance counselor's decision, they made a call according to this letter, using their years of experience that he wasn't a threat and wasn't a danger. now, this has been a subject of a lot of discussions publicly by the local prosecutor, karen mcdonald. she's come out and said the parents could have asked if the parents had a weapon inside of his backpack. law enforcement strongly believes at that point that the gun was in his backpack. the letter also goes on to say part of the reason they're calling for this independent
investigation is they want to make sure that is exactly what happened, that the weapon was in his backpack. >> all right, mark march ral less, thanks for breaking it down for us. appreciate it. with us this morning to discuss the shooting and the investigation, retired los angeles police sergeant cheryl dorsey, also the author of "the confidence chronicles." cheryl, thank you for sharing part of your weekend with us. the oxford school district is requesting this independent investigation into the shooting that mark was just outlining. what are the benefits of reviewing the district safety procedures and practices carried out by the teachers and staff, and what might indicate to you that someone at the school could be held accountable? >> well, certainly one of the benefits would be to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again. i think there's plenty of liability to go around. certainly that school counselor could have done more, should have done more.
whenever has a parent been the deciding factor as to whether or not their student remains on campus when they have been caught doing such egregious and outrageous activity. listen, this wasn't the first time this young man has dealt with administrators at that school i'm certain. there were plenty of red flags. now they have some explaining to do. four young people lost their lives because they neglected to err on the side of caution. >> cheryl, right now ethan crumbley faces 24 charges. you mentioned some of the warning signs prior to the shooting, one teacher reporting that ethan had been searching on ammo on his phone the day before the shooting, also a disturbing drawing showing a person being shot with the words, quote, blood everywhere. that was reported by a separate teacher on the same day of the shooting. at what point should law enforcement have been notified that the student was having
these issues? >> they should have been notified immediately. again, you err on the side of caution. what responsible parent would encourage and foster an environment where your child lies, lol in a text from mom, just don't get cause. who does this? this is all very problematic. >> so during the parents' ar rain defense attorneys defied the assertion that their son had unrestricted access to the weapon used. i want you to listen to what they said. >> that gun was actually locked. so when the prosecution is stating that this child had free access to a gun, that is just absolutely not true, and we need an opportunity to fight this case in court and not the court of public opinion. >> so, if the investigation finds that the gun had, in fact, been locked away, does that
diminish the parents' responsibility? >> listen, it changes nothing in my mind. okay, so the gun was locked. obviously this shooter had access to the lock. he had access to the key. he was able to not only posspossess the gun, but obviously unlock it, remove it from whatever case-locking mechanism had been on it, able to overcome all of that. this kid had access to it because, after all, they purchased it for him. none of this explains anything for me. the family says they were trying to figure out what to do. no doubt. how to flee, how to evade authorities. they're saying all the things they need to say public think. this is not going to fly. >> cheryl, quickly i want to ask you about this third party, the person that apparently helped them get into the building where they were ultimately found by
police. they might face charges of aiding and abetting or obstructing justice. what kind of evidence do you need to build a case like that? >> i think we've already heard there's video evidence of this person helping them secure their car, park, get into the building, get access to this room they were found in. so that will be an easy fix, easy find, and that person should be charged. >> we've got to leave the conversation there, sergeant cheryl dorsey, thank you for the time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. taking action to stop the spread of covid-19. in less than 24 hours travelers visiting the u.s. from abroad will face new testing requirements. the question is will it be enough? a doctor is weighing in on what he's already seen in a state going through a resurgence of the virus. stacey abrams once again setting her sights on the governor's mansion. the road to re-election may be
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there are new testing requirements that go into effect tomorrow. people coming into the u.s. have have to have a negative covid-19 test. new numbers show the u.s. is averaging more than 100,000 new covid cases every day, the highest in two months. the incries comes after millions of americans traveled for the thanksgiving holiday. rob davidson is with us. he's a west michigan emergency room physician and the executive director of the committee to protect health care. dr. davidson, we're so glad to have you with us yet again. i know michigan has consistently had, it seems, an overload of
cases. the icu beds up to 40. i know it's punishing enough to be in icu. when we're talking about the variants and what people are dealing with, are you optimistic those people there can recover? i'm wondering about the severity of the symptoms they have. i know they're serious because they're in icu, but compared to what you've seen in the past. >> i think it's incredibly important. a lot of people against mack seens, against masking say only a few number are dying. people on a ventilator up to weeks or a month or more, after that going to rehab hospitals for weeks and months on end
learning lau to eat again, to walk again, with tubes through their trachea, in their neck. a lot of them will survive. most of them will survive. but survival isn't just popping out of bed and going home. i had a patient the other day, i called his spouse, in a church praying for his recovery. she was in tears begging to get him home by christmas. the reality of that in just three weeks is pretty low. this person is going to have a very long recovery. >> even when we see numbers going down in other states, michigan keeps surging. to what do you contribute or think contributes to what's happening in michigan, what we have seen so consistently there? >> well, all i can say is what's happening in our system is 98 -- i think 98% of the people in the
icu with covid are unvaccinated. more than 85, 88% of people in the hospital are unvaccinated. the people in the er who have been vaccinated, they're folks who should have had their boosters by now. the breakthroughs probably aren't breakthroughs anymore because we're recommending boosters after six months. it's in pockets of the state with low vaccination rates. we're going to see this in other states. it's a matter of time until we have people vaccinated to prevent or burn it out in several areas. >> every few weeks or months we hear of a any variant. we know that's going to continue to pro live rate. with that said, do you think there's stronger evidence that the covid vaccine will become an annual shot, like the floout shot? >> i think the reality is until
enough people get vaccinated that we can actually put an end to this, and even if it's endemic, make it a very rare occurrence, i think we'll see periodic need for booster shots. we don't know if a three-dose vaccination series is enough to give us enough memory in our immune system to fight this for a long time. we have to watch it play out. unfortunately science happens in the background among ak dechlices in journals. right now it's happening out in the open and i think it's concerning to see hoye it happens. >> dr. rob davidson, we appreciate the work you do, the people you're taking care of. thank you for taking time to take to us. we know you're busy. >> thank you, good day. still ahead, mark meadows changing his tune, now cooperating with january 6th investigators. the full extent of his cooperation, still unknown. what this could mean for the investigation next.
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he was a no-show at his first deposition before the january 6th committee, but donald trump's former chief of staff, mark meadows is expected the sit down with the committee this week. the decision by meadows to begin cooperating with the panel could provide valuable information about the january 6th insurrection. >> cnn congressional reporter daniella diaz has more. >> reporter: christi, boris, with his book about to take out, mark meadows will have to take a break from his book tour and sit down with the january 6th house select committee for a deposition. as you said, he was a no-show for his first one. now, while he plans to cooperate
with the committee, how much he plans to cooperate is still up in the air. his decision to start cooperating could give investigators a valuable window into how former president donald trump and his allies tried to enlist government officials to pursue baseless election conspiracy theories. new reporting from cnn this week revealed in the weeks after the 2020 election meadows actually reached out to some of the country's top national security officials to connect them with trump allies who were pushing unfounded claims of foreign election intervention and voter fraud. sources tell cnn that meadows actually passed along some of the materials himself including youtube videos that alleged widespread evidence of voter fraud. while he plans to cooperate, meadows said in an interview this week he still plans to honor former president trump's claims of executive privilege. his new book could complicate these claims of executive
privilege since he talks about with some of what happened during the insurrection in his book. take a listen to what congresswoman zoe lofgren said last night about meadows possibly claiming executive privilege. >> i haven't read the book. it's not out yet. you can't talk about things that you claim are privileged in another form and refuse to talk about it with the congress. we'll see whether he's waived any claims to privilege. also, the holder of the privilege is the president of the united states, not the former president. >> reporter: bottom line here, christi and boris, we could learn a lot this week during meadows' deposition. it could be either he cooperates or it could become a showdown between him and the committee because he doesn't offer enough
information. >> daniella diaz, thank you. in georgia, stacey abrams is once again running for governor, setting herself up for a potential second showdown with republican brian kemp. this is shaping up to be quite a race especially after 2020 and false claims of fraud from the former president leading to a standoff with brian kemp. kemp held his ground against donald trump, but now he may lose the governor's mansion to a primary challenger. greg bluestein is joining us this morning. if this does end up being a 2018 rematch given how georgia voted in 2018, the strained position that governor kemp is in with former president trump, the fact that republicans are scared of stacey abrams, organizing against an abrams run since february, you reported. does all this make stacey abrams
the favorite in this race? >> that's a good question. i don't know if he's the favorite, but brian kemp hasn't really stopped running against her really since his victory in 2018. he launched his campaign for re-election a few days afterwards. that's how serious republicans have always taken stacey abrams. now they have hundreds of thousands of new voters, many younger and more diverse. they have continued infighting among republicans. the democrats have decisively flibd the atlanta suburbs. beyond that they have a proof point. they now can say they have won georgia statewide elections for the first time in decades in the january 2021 runoffs. >> greg, abrams defended herself on cnn this week from criticism that she never officially conceded the 2018 election. i want you to listen to what she said. >> he won under the rules of the game at the time, but the game was rigged against the voters of
georgia, not against me, not against him. this isn't about politicians. this is about people and their right to be heard. >> abrams making the distinction that she thought the election was rigged against georgia voters and not against herself. the state does have some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. so how do you think the issue of voting rights is going to play out in the next election? >> interestingly she didn't focus on voting rights with her launch. that's what she's known as nationally, a voting rights advocate. this will work in her favor because republicans will have a recurring them, compared her 2018 non-concession speech to donald trump. but the major difference is, as you heard, she acknowledged that brian kemp was the governor, unlike the former president who did not acknowledge that joe biden had won and tried actively to reverse his victory in that election.
>> yeah, and he also claimed it's rigged against him. she's arguing the spirit of the election, voters were disenf disenfranchised. abrams also welcomed president biden to campaign in georgia with her, though his approval ratings have recently dipped. despite some of the issues hurting his popularity, do you think the president can help abrams win georgia? >> this is a new strategy from democrats in georgia who used to run away from national figures. back when obama would come to town, you wouldn't see democrats near him. this will be a base-motivating election where democrats will try their best to motivate, energize voters of color, other voters who might not typically vote midterms in the base that came out in 2020. it's soft of all hands on deck. i expect republicans to do the same thing. we can be sure that donald trump
will come to georgia a few more times next year. >> i want to ask you about that. the question of who he might endorse is a big one on the republican side. is it possible that brian kemp gets primaried by former senator david purdue and purdue winds up with trump's endorsement? >> it's very possible. friends and allies of the former senator say he's leaning towards running right now. that's the big question now in georgia politics. this would be an epic primary battle between two very formidable republican figures. donald trump essentially promised david purdue his endorsement, even coming down to georgia in a september rally and urging publicly that david purdue run against brian kemp. >> it could merriake for a very impactful election, one certainly with fireworks. greg bluestein, thank you very
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former prosecutor. >> she directed police not to arrest travis mcmichael after she shot and killed arbery. johnson denies wrongdoing. cnn's martin savidge has details. >> reporter: an hour after the three men chased down and murdered ahmaud arbery on a sunday in south georgia, greg mcmichael was on the phone. >> jackie, this is greg, can you call me as soon as you possibly can. >> reporter: calling jackie johnson, the district attorney. >> i need advice right away. >> reporter: for years he worked with mcmichaels. now as he stood with arbery's blood literally on his hands, mcmichael made sure police knew about the connection. >> i was chief investigator for the das office. i know what you've got do. >> reporter: no one was arrested that day or for months to come.
the georgia attorney general contends johnson's delay nearly denied justice. more than a year after the death, she was indicted for violating her oath of office and obstructing police. arbery's family applauded the move in the virtual press conference. >> she didn't pull the trigger, but she is just as much to hold accountable as the three guys who actually did this. >> reporter: johnson turned herself in at the glyn county jail but was free in less than an hour and didn't have to pay any bond. according to the indictment, johnson directed police not to arrest travis mcmichael that day even after she shot at an unarmed arbery three times point-blank with a shotgun, hitting him twice. after accusing herself, she recommended another attorney george barnhill, never disclosing she already talked to him about police.
barnhill sent a letter to place advising the shooting was justified. saying we do not see grounds for an arrest of any of the three parties. that could have been the end of the case if not were one thing. the public release more than two months later of the cell phone video showing arbery's pursuit and murder outraging a nation. gregory and travis mcmichael were arrested within days. cnn made numerous attempts to contact johnson or her legal representation for comment without response. johnson repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and defended her actions including a virtual debate when she was running for re-election. >> i'm sorry from a very beginning a lie was told about ow my office handled the case. that case is a terrible community for the community and for the family. i'm sorry about how things happened. i'm sorry that i lie got started and i could not turn it back. >> reporter: voters didn't buy
it. after ten years in office, johnson lost the election. now this once top prosecutor prepares for a prosecution like none she's ever faced before, her own. >> no court date has been set for jackie johnson. the next legal step would be an arraignment. if she were to be found guilty of the most serious charge, which is violating her oath of office, that's a penalty. she could get one to five years in prison. boris and christi. >> marty, thank you so much. a group claiming to be from the patriot front, a group widely considered to be white nationalists marched across the national mall and past the lincoln memorial yesterday. they were seen wearing the white mask, matching arm patches. some members were carrying a plaque tick shield. the u.s. park police first told cnn the march was allowed and then clarified the group did not have a permit. authorities say the gathering was peaceful and no arrests were reported. join cnn's elle reeve for a new
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46 minutes past the hour right now. good to have you with us. authorities in arizona are looking into how and why a man jumped out of a southwest airlines airplane as it was taxiing at sky harbor international airport. the 30-year-old exited the aircraft through a rear door, then locked himself in a room in a nearby fire station. the captain was forced to stop the aircraft and notify air traffic control. the man was transported to a hospital for a lower extremity injury we're told. the airport hasn't responded to cnn's request for comment though. >> yikes. so imagine a commercial flight fueled by food. this week united airlines completed a successful flight from corn to d.c. run by corn
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we've got to talk about alabama. somebody yelled at me yesterday. they were going are you uga or alabama. dude, i'm neutral, whatever you want. >> a lot of georgia fans i talked to thought this was finally going to be the year they took care of alabama. you know how the old saying goes, if you want to be the champ, you have to beat the champ. this is the firgs time that nick saban and the tide were underdogs. back then they beat georgia in the game they were underdogs. they did it again. quarterback bryce young threw for an sec championship game record, 421 yards, three touchdowns, locking up the heisman trophy. georgia's defense hadn't given up more than 30 points in an entire month. alabama put up 41, winning 41-24. nick saban saying the team using all that underdog talk that the
media was talking about, they used it as motivation. >> i think we have a tremendous amount of georgia, their team and what they accomplished, but you guys gave us a lot of really positive rat poison. the rat poison you usually give us is usually fatal, but the rat poison that you put out there this week was yummy. >> both alabama and georgia likely in the playoff, as will be cincinnati. the bearcats beating 21st ranked houston to finish 13-0 and win the american conference title. cincinnati will likely be the first ever team outside the power five conference to make it to the playoffs. the big 12 title game, fifth ranked oklahoma state trying to keep their playoff hopes alive taking on baylor. the cowboys had first and goal in two to win the game.
it would go to fourth down. on fourth down we had a lot of drama. desmond jackson going to be racing told the goal like. josie maran mcvay does just enough and jackson comes up short. football a game of inches and about six inches decided the title. baylor wins 21-16, their first title since 2014. michigan looking to punch their first ticket to the playoff taking on iowa. the team wearing a patch with tate myre's 42. he was a junior, a football star player at oxford high school. he reportedly ran toward the gunman when the shooting started on monday. he died trying to stop him. in a touching moment, michigan had tate's family there as honorary captains for the game. the wolverines then went out and put up 42 points, tate's number,
to win their first conference title since 2004. the significance of that was not lost on coach jim harbaugh. >> we wanted to honor tate myre many this game, dedicated the game to him, for his courage and what he did in the shootings at oxford. he's a hero. we got our 42nd point up there. my patch fell off. i think god was with us. >> i tell you what, guys, pretty special that michigan scored 42 points on the day and the night they were honoring tate myre. >> andy scholes, that was a great moment to share with us. thank you, sir. >> thanks, andy. let's take a deep breath and keep going boris. good morning to all of you. welcome to your "new day." i'm christi paul. >> i'm boris sanchez. new details on how o