Michigan Supreme Court pauses criminal trial scheduled for the parents of Oxford High School shooter

The parents of Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley were set to appear at their involuntary manslaughter trial in January. 

James and Jennifer Crumbley

The Michigan Supreme Court has paused a criminal trial scheduled for the parents of the teen who killed four students at Oxford High School one year ago. 

The state’s highest court questions whether there is enough evidence to support an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors accuse James and Jennifer Crumbley of being grossly negligent by allegedly ignoring signs their son could become violent, and instead buying him a gun as a gift. 

The parent’s involuntary manslaughter trial was set for January.


Read more: Former Oxford school officials say Ethan Crumbley should have been sent home before mass shooting


Michigan’s Court of Appeals rejected an attempt by the Crumbleys’ attorneys to stay the proceedings, and to have some evidence ruled inadmissible. 

But now Michigan’s Supreme Court is sending the case back to the Appeals Court, ordering it to consider whether there is enough evidence for prosecutors to take the rare step of charging the parents of the shooter with a crime.

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    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.