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Prosecution indicates they are ready to rest case in James Crumbley trial

Posted at 6:50 AM, Mar 12, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-12 23:21:18-04

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — Day four of testimony in the trial for James Crumbley, the father of the Oxford High School shooter, wrapped up on Tuesday.

Court TV analyzes fourth day of testimony in James Crumbley's trial

The hearing ended with prosecutors indicating they did not have any more witnesses to present. However, they did not rest their case yet, saying they would review things Tuesday evening before returning to court on Wednesday. Day five of testimony in the case is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m.

The gun and the shooter's behavior before the shooting on Nov. 30, 2021, were front and center during the trial on Monday.

On Tuesday, the first person to take the stand was Oakland County Sheriff's Detective Adam Stoyek, who was part of the group that searched the Crumbley's home after the shooting.

During testimony, prosecutors showed off photos from inside the home and asked Stoyek about what was found.

They also played a video of James and Jennifer inside the back of a patrol car while deputies and officers searched the home.

See video and photos from inside the Crumbley home below

Adam Stoyek, Oakland County Sheriff’s detective, testifies at James Crumbley trial

David Hendrick, who was part of the team that arrested James and Jennifer Crumbley, testified during the trial for James on Tuesday.

Hendrick talked about the work the team did searching for the Crumbleys, checking out a hotel parking lot and then the building in Detroit where they were eventually found.

Hear from Hendrick below.

Member of fugitive apprehension team testifies about Crumbley's arrest

Luke Kirtley, the man who called 911 after seeing the Crumbleys inside a building where he rents space, testified at James' trial on Tuesday. He was the third witness to testify on Tuesday.

Kirtley testified that he saw the Crumbley's car in the parking lot, and then called 911. Prosecutors also played the recording.

After Kirtley, Detroit police officer David Metzke took the stand. He's part of the fugitive apprehension team that arrested the Crumbleys from the warehouse building in Detroit where they were found.

Prosecutors played body-cam video of their arrest from inside the warehouse in Detroit.

Watch the bodycam video below

Bodycam video shows arrest of James and Jennifer Crumbley

What happened Monday

Two Oxford High School employees took the stand, as well as a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

New video also showed James and his son at the shooting range in the months leading up to the deadly mass shooting that killed four people. James is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

On Monday, the jury was shown video of the shooter loading a handgun at home without parental supervision.

Shawn Hopkins, a school counselor, went into detail about the troubling warning signs and red flags raised, saying his parents didn't not seem concerned.

Watch Hopkins' testimony below

Oxford High School counselor testifies at James Crumbley's trial

Hopkins described a number of emails from teachers expressing concern about the shooter and the drawing that raised red flags, with Hopkins saying he suggested the shooter not be left alone.

"It's hypothetical what we would've done. We acted on the information we had," he said.

Hopkins told the jury the shooter claimed he was sad after losing a family member and a pet, and the morning of the shooting, a meeting between school officials and James and Jennifer Crumbley took place. Hopkins said they refused to seek immediate help for their son and take him home.

"I said i wanted to see movement within 48 hours and follow up. If not, i would call CPS," he said.

A video was also played in court which appeared to show several pages of mental health contacts. Those pages in the hands of James as he and his wife left and their son headed back to class with the handgun inside his backpack. The backpack was never searched.

"You also asked if he was a threat to himself or anyone else?" James' attorney, Mariell Lehman, asked.

During the trial, Lehman suggested James was not aware of how serious the situation was, desppite being told his son was looking up bullets and violent videos on his phone, even though the shooter told school officials about visiting a gun range and insisted he wasn't suicidal.