Crumbley’s parents ‘receive far worse treatment in the court of public opinion than the actual shooter’ – The Oakland Press

Lawyers for parents of accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley asked an Oakland County judge to move their cases out of Oakland County or have the jury selected from nonresident Oakland County residents – claiming that otherwise the couple would not get a fair trial on their manslaughter charges related to the November 30, 2021 incident in Oxford which left four dead and several injured.

In a May 23 motion filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court, attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said the “widespread number of people” in Oakland County who were affected by the shooting of the Oxford High School and “the pervasive negative (media) coverage of the cases” are demanding the venue change to ensure their fair trial rights are protected.

Smith and Lehman also said that Crumbley’s parents “received far worse treatment in the court of public opinion than the actual shooter”.

Booking photos of James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley

The motion further accuses Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald of violating Michigan ethics rules by making statements during press conferences and interviews that are not supported by evidence and that “will likely be judged.” inadmissible for trial”.

James and Jennifer Crumbley each face four counts of manslaughter, charged with gross negligence that allowed Ethan Crumbley access to the 9mm handgun allegedly used in the mass shooting. Ethan Crumbley is charged with 24 felonies including murder, terrorism causing death, assault with intent to murder and weapons related crimes.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for June 27 before Judge Cheryl Matthews. In addition to ruling on the change of venue motion, the judge is also expected to deal with another motion asking that certain testimony be excluded from Crumbley’s parents’ trial, saying it is “irrelevant or more prejudicial than probative.”

Smith and Lehman oppose testimony regarding:

• Marital relationship of the Crumbleys, including evidence or suspicion of infidelity
• The marijuana and alcohol use of James and Jennifer Crumbleys
• Housekeeping practices
• The time and money the couple spent on their horses
• Ethan Crumbley’s video game and other evidence that casts a negative shadow on the couple’s parenting practices
• A coin from Nazi Germany

crumbley head
Booking photo of Ethan Crumbley

Lawyers also want the judge to bar any testimony or evidence related to a bird’s head that Ethan Crumbley allegedly kept in a jar, his Instagram photos or posts, and his internet searches.

As stated in the motion filed May 18, “failure to exclude the enumerated evidence…will deprive the defendants of the constitutional rights” to a fair trial, effective legal representation, due process and more.

The trial of James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley is scheduled for October 24. Ethan Crumbley’s trial is scheduled for September 6 before Judge Kwame Rowe.

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