(AP) – On Thursday, a judge ordered the parents of a 15-year-old boy accused of murder four students at his high school in Michigan will stand trial on charges of manslaughter.
This was stated by Rochester Hills District Court Judge Julie Nicholson a preliminary survey for Jennifer and James Crumble that she found enough evidence to send their case to the district court.
They are accused of manslaughter and accused that the gun used in the shooting was available to the teenager. The couple is also accused of not interfering if he had signs of mental disorder at home and at school.
Ethan Crumbley is charged as an adult with first-degree homicide, assault with intent to kill, accusations of terrorism and use of weapons in the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 miles) north of Detroit. Six more students and a teacher were injured.
The gun used in the shooting was given to Ethan Crumbley as an early Christmas present, prosecutors said.
“The court believes that the deaths of four victims could have been avoided if James and Jennifer Crumbley had exercised the usual caution and diligence in caring for their son,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson said prosecutors had proven that Ethan Krambley posed a danger to society, and “that danger was obvious to the common sense.” Evidence showed that Ethan Crumbley was a “restless young man,” and his parents knew it, she said.
“But they bought a gun that he considered his own,” Nicholson added.
Crumble’s lawyers insisted the couple did not know their son could plan an attack, and did not easily find a gun in their home, but Auckland County Attorney Karen MacDonald said Thursday that Ethan Crumley had sought help from parents.
And while there was no help, future troubles were predictable, she said.
“You are allowed to be a terrible parent,” MacDonald said. “If that was all, we wouldn’t be here.”
In the morning, during the shooting, Ethan’s parents were called to the school and confronted with pictures of him with a gun and the words: “Thoughts do not stop. Help me. ”Authorities said his parents refused to take him home after a 13-minute meeting.
Adviser Ethan testified on Thursday that at the meeting he told the teen’s parents that he believes their son is a threat to himself and needs mental health support.
“I said as soon as possible today if possible,” Sean Hopkins said. But as he testified, Jennifer Crumbley told him, “There was no option today because they had to go back to work.”
“I wrote Ethan a pass to class,” Hopkins continued. “I told him, ‘I just want you to know that I care about you.’ I don’t remember them saying goodbye (to Ethan). “
Prosecutors hinted at a rift between Ethan and his parents, including texts he did to a friend in which he talks about his “dark side”.
“In a text dated April 5, 2021, Ethan writes,“ Now my mom thinks I’m taking drugs. She thinks the reason I’m so crazy and sad all the time is that I’m on drugs and she’s not worried about my mental health, “said Assistant Prosecutor Mark Kist. “And then he writes, ‘They make me feel like a problem.'”
Testimony was also given Thursday that was written in a magazine found in Ethan’s backpack after the shooting. Authorities said the gun used in the shooting was hidden in a backpack that day.
A November 29 record said, “First, I got a gun … second, shooting tomorrow, I have access to a gun and ammunition,” said Auckland County Sheriff’s Lt. Timothy Willis.
On another page was a bullet fired into the back of the head of a man resembling a head. “Only above it is written: ‘The first victim must be a beautiful girl with a future so that she can suffer as I do,'” Willis read.
Willis also said that in another record it was, “I completely mentally lost it after years of struggling with my dark side. My parents will not listen. I have no help with my mental problems, and it makes me destroy the (obscene) school. “
But Shannon Smith, a lawyer for Jennifer Crumbley, noted that the magazine also has an entry: “I feel sorry for these moms and dads. I’m not trying to hurt you with that. I have to do it ”and“ I’ll have to find where my dad hid his 9mm before I can shoot the school ”.
“An element that the prosecution can never prove in this case is that Jennifer Crumbley or James Crumbley knew their son was going to shoot at school,” Smith said in her closing remarks.
The Crambles remain in jail on $ 500,000 bail. The case against them is very unusual because parents are rarely prosecuted for teenagers accused of mass shootings at school.
Last month, Ethan Krambley’s lawyers filed a statement of insanity protection.
He is alone in a cell at an Auckland County clinic so as not to see or hear adult prisoners. Defendants want him transferred to a juvenile detention center, but prosecutors say he will pose a potential threat to the safety of other juveniles.
This was stated by a judge of the District Court of Auckland County during the hearing for Ethan Crumbley on Tuesday that he expected a decision to be made by early next week on whether the teen would remain in adult prison or be transferred to County Children’s Village.
Williams reported from West Bloomfield, Michigan.