December 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 4:07 AM
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man blamed for the disappearance of his three sons will go straight to trial on charges of parental kidnapping.
John Skelton waived his right to a hearing to determine if prosecutors had probable cause to charge him. Court officials in Lenawee County say he informed a judge on Monday, which means a hearing set for Tuesday is canceled.
Skelton's sons — Alexander, Andrew and Tanner — haven't been seen since Thanksgiving when they were at his home in Morenci, a town on the Michigan-Ohio border. The father says he gave them to someone from an "organization," although he hasn't identified either.
Skelton is charged with keeping his boys more than 24 hours with the intent of concealing them from their mother. His next court date is Jan. 5.