Judge to allow testimony, video from Oxford school shooting at Crumbley trials

Separate trials for Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, are scheduled to begin next week.

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2022, photo, Jennifer and James Crumbley appear in court in Rochester Hills, Mich.

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2022, photo, Jennifer and James Crumbley appear in court in Rochester Hills, Mich.

An Oakland County judge is allowing prosecutors to present testimony and video from the 2021 shooting at Oxford High School at the upcoming trial of the killer’s parents. 

James and Jennifer Crumbley are both facing involuntary manslaughter charges for each of the slain victims in the shooting.

Defense attorneys said it would unfairly prejudice a jury to hear from witnesses who locked eyes with Ethan Crumbley as he carried out the massacre that took the lives of four Oxford students. 

One was a teacher shot by Crumbley, the other an assistant principal who tried to resuscitate a student. Both provided some of the most emotional testimony presented at hearings on whether Ethan Crumbley should receive life without parole. The court will also permit showing security video of the shooting. 

James and Jennifer Crumbley requested to have separate trials in November after new evidence surfaced that the couple’s attorneys said could pit them against each other. Their son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Dec. 8, following hours of heart-wrenching statements by survivors and families of the victims.

Separate trials for each parent are scheduled to begin next week.

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  • Quinn Klinefelter
    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.