ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) The parents of a 15-year-old boy accused are scheduled to return to court where they are accused of making the firearm used in the shooting available to the adolescents.
Jennifer and James Crumbley will be examined for the first time on Thursday in Rochester Hills District Court before a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to prove the couple guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
In the shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, terrorism, and other gun charges.
Six other students and a teacher were injured in the deaths of four students.
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When his son showed signs of emotional distress at home and at school, his parents are accused of failing to intervene.
A day before the shooting, Jennifer Crumbley provided a voicemail to her, indicating that a teacher was concerned about Ethan's ammunition search on his phone. A sheriff's office computer crimes investigator testified on February 8 that she later asked her son in a text if he "at least" showed school officials a photo of the gun they gave Ethan as an early Christmas gift.
Jennifer and James Crumbley were greeted to the school by Ethan's handgun and the words, "The thoughts will not stop. Help me," authorities said. After the 13-minute meeting, they were told to get him counseling.
The Crumbleys have been placed on bail on a $500,000 bond. The case against them is incredibly complicated because parents are rarely held criminally accountable for young people accused in mass school shootings.
The attorneys of the Crumbleys have claimed that the couple didn't know their son might be planning an attack and that they didn't make the gun difficult to find in their house.
Last month, Ethan Crumbley's attorneys filed a notice of an insanity defense.
He is locked in a cell at the clinic in Oakland County, which allows him to prevent and track adult inmates. Defense attorneys want him to be moved to a juvenile facility, but they fear that the injury will affect his reputation.
During a hearing for Ethan Crumbley, an Oakland County Circuit Court judge said he anticipates a hearing by early next week on whether the teen will remain in the adult jail or be relocated to the county's Children's Village.
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