Rare Michigan trial for parents of mass shooter could set precedent
The national spotlight will center on Pontiac this week as jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court for a trial that experts said could set a precedent for holding parents accountable for their child’s actions.
Jennifer and James Crumbley are both charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with their son’s killing of four students at Oxford High School in November 2021. The separate trials, each of which is expected to last three weeks, mark the first time in the country’s history a parent has been charged with manslaughter charges in connection with a mass shooting.
Criminal defense attorney, David Nacht
, has been repeatedly quoted as an expert commentator in the Detroit News on the Crumbley parents’ upcoming trial.
While Nacht said he thinks a conviction is doable in Oakland County, Fink said it will be a challenging case to prosecute.