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Witness testimony begins in preliminary hearing for Crumbley parents

Crumbley parents in court
Posted at 5:41 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 11:12:21-05

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)  — A judge heard evidence Tuesday and will determine if the parents of a teenager accused of killing four students will face trial. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

They’re accused of making a gun accessible to Ethan Crumbley and failing to intervene when the 15-year-old showed possible signs of mental distress.

Four students at Oxford High School were killed and seven more people were injured on Nov. 30. Earlier that day, the Crumbleys declined to take Ethan home when they were confronted with their son's drawings of violence.

Jennifer Crumbley's boss, Andrew Smith, testified Tuesday that she said right before the shooting that she felt she was failing her son.

The preliminary hearing will resume February 24 at 8:30 a.m.