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The dad of the Michigan school shooter, who’s facing trial for causing someone’s death, is now being accused of making scary statements while in jail

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The trial of James Crumbley continued in a Michigan courtroom on Friday. His son, Ethan, was involved in a mass shooting at Oxford High School in 2021, killing four students and injuring seven. Here are the latest updates:

James Crumbley, who is currently in custody, was found to have made threatening statements through phone and electronic messages, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, his access to the jailhouse phone is now mostly limited to communication with his attorney.

The nature of Crumbley’s threats and their intended targets has not been disclosed by authorities.

After the jury was dismissed on Thursday, prosecutors requested that Crumbley’s communications be restricted to only his attorney and legitimate clergy for the remainder of the trial. After some resistance from Crumbley’s attorney, an agreement was reached. His communications will be restricted, but he can still engage in research or participate in his own defense.

The trial adjourned for the day on Friday, with jurors set to return on Monday at 9 a.m. Before concluding for the day, jurors heard from Detective Joe Brian, who interviewed James Crumbley after his son’s attack.

James Crumbley revealed that the murder weapon used by his son had been hidden, and the bullets were stored separately. The father mentioned that there was an argument with his son the night before the attack over his mediocre grades.

Forensic analyst Edward Wagrowski provided a timeline of James Crumbley’s actions on the day of the shooting. It included dropping his son off at school, receiving distressing messages from his wife, and later entering the school with her. The Crumbleys were advised to take their son home for immediate mental health treatment, but they declined.

The testimony also outlined Ethan Crumbley’s text conversations with a friend in the months leading up to the shooting. Ethan expressed concerns about his mental health and sent a video of himself handling a loaded gun. The trial will resume on Monday, with ongoing developments in the case.

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