ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan – The parents of a teenager charged with killing four students at a school in Michigan face a key hearing to determine whether they will stand trial.
Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley have asked a judge to consider a postponement so they can prepare further. But no decision was made before Tuesday’s hearing.
The Crumbleys are accused of manslaughter. They are accused of making a weapon accessible to Ethan Crumbley and failing to intervene when he showed signs of mental distress.
Four Oxford High School students were killed and others were injured on 30 November. Earlier today, the Crumbleys refused to take Ethan home when confronted with their son’s drawings of violence. School officials allowed him to stay but told parents to ask him for help.
Their lawyers insist the Crumbleys did not know a shooting was in progress and did not make the gun easy to find at the house.
Judge Julie Nicholson must decide if there is enough evidence to send the parents to Oakland County Trial Court.
Separately, Ethan Crumbley is billed as an adult with murder and other crimes. His attorneys have filed an insanity defense notice, which will likely freeze his case while it is reviewed by experts.
The high school, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit, reopened on January 24nearly two months after shooting.
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