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Michigan school shooter’s dad to go to trial for manslaughter, shortly after his wife was found guilty

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The trial of James Crumbley, the father whose son carried out a school shooting in Michigan, started with opening statements last Thursday. This comes shortly after his wife, Jennifer, was found guilty of similar charges.

The prosecutor claims James was extremely careless for buying the murder weapon for his son just before the attack and not securing it, despite knowing his son was struggling. The prosecutor says the tragedy could have been prevented.

In his defense, James’ lawyer, Mariell Lehman, says he didn’t know his son had the weapon and didn’t think there was an immediate threat. She insists James had no knowledge of his son’s dangerous intentions.

James Crumbley pleads not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2021 school shooting in Oxford High School, where his son killed four students and injured others. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

This case raises questions about who is responsible for a mass shooting. Prosecutors argue that parents who provide guns and ignore signs of mental health issues are responsible for the deaths. The defense worries this could set a dangerous precedent for all parents.

Ethan Crumbley, the son, pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He did not testify in his mother’s trial.

The jury selection took place, and a group of six men and nine women were chosen. The trial is expected to be similar to Jennifer’s but with differences in firearm knowledge and awareness of the son’s mental health problems between the parents. James, the father, bought the gun and was more familiar with firearms.

The evidence presented in Jennifer’s trial, such as giving their son a firearm as a gift, dismissing his mental health struggles, and not taking him home after a school meeting, is relevant in James’ case too. However, there are differences in what each parent knew about their son’s actions.

James’ defense strategy and whether he will testify may differ from Jennifer’s case. Jennifer’s defense blamed her husband, the school, and her son. She showed no regret for her actions during her testimony.

Now, as James’ trial proceeds, Jennifer’s defense and the prosecution can openly discuss her case.

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