Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect have hired top lawyers to defend themselves, but their son has a public defender

  • The Michigan school shooting suspect has been assigned a public defender in court.

  • Meanwhile, his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have hired a very powerful lawyer for themselves in court.

  • The couple’s lawyer previously represented disgraced Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.

The parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect have hired a top defense attorney to represent them, while their son has been named a public defender.

James and Jennifer Crumbley hired Shannon Smith to represent them in court, according to court documents.

They are each responsible for four counts of manslaughter in connection with the shooting at Oxford High School which left four dead students and seven others injured.

Meanwhile, their son — a 15-year-old student at school — will be represented by a court-appointed lawyer, Paulette Michel Loftin, court documents show.

Loftin told the Detroit Free Press she was named to the case on Thursday and has since spoken with her client.

Shannon Marie Smith and Paulette Michel Loftin did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Smith previously represented Larry Nassar, the former US gymnastics team doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing young girls, including Olympic stars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

In an earlier statement to Insider, Smith identified an associate at his firm, Mariell Lehman, as another family lawyer.

The teenager was charged with 24 counts, including 4 counts of first degree murder and terrorism.

He was arrested immediately after the shooting and will be tried as an adult.

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