The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, to stand trial for charges related to the deadly shooting at Oxford High School last year. The decision comes after a review ordered by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Ethan Crumbley is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others during the shooting on November 30, 2021. His parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter and other charges for allegedly providing him access to the gun used in the shooting.
In December 2021, James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested after they failed to appear for their arraignment in court. They were later found hiding out in a warehouse.
The case against them was reviewed by the Michigan Supreme Court following concerns over whether they could be held criminally responsible for their son's actions. However, it was determined that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial.
"The evidence presented supports a finding that defendant-parents understood that there was a high risk that their conduct would cause death or great bodily harm," stated Judge Jane Beckering in her opinion. "Accordingly, we hold that probable cause exists as to all counts."
The date for their trial has not yet been set.