Parents of accused Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley file appeal to have case thrown out

James and Jennifer Crumbley

The parents of the teen accused of killing classmates at Oxford High School last year want an appeals court to throw out evidence allegedly showing their son was emotionally troubled.

Prosecutors charged James and Jennifer Crumbley with involuntary manslaughter, arguing they ignored signs that their son Ethan Crumbley could become violent and instead bought him a handgun.

The judge at the Crumbley’s preliminary hearing ruled any reasonable person would agree the parents should have intervened and set a trial date for them. But defense attorneys counter in a court filing that the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to use the son’s journals or texts he sent to a friend as evidence.

“I actually asked my dad to take me to the Doctor yesterday but he just gave me some pills and told me to suck it up,” one of the text messages read.

The appeals court must still decide whether it will take up the matter.

Photo Credit: Oakland County

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