The Michigan Supreme Court cleared the way for the parents of a teenager who murdered four classmates at school to go to trial on manslaughter charges, reports Breaking News.
James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of providing Ethan Crumbley with weapons and neglecting his mental health needs.
In March, a state appeals court ruled that the couple could stand trial, and the Supreme Court upheld that decision.
Crumbley killed Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St Juliana and Justin Shilling at Oxford High, about 40 miles north of Detroit, in November 2021. A teacher and six students were also wounded.
Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to terrorism and murder.
Last week, a judge ruled he was eligible for life in prison without parole.
The teenager and his parents met with school staff after a teacher noticed the violent drawings, but no one checked whether his backpack contained a weapon. He was allowed to stay, reports Breaking News.
The 17-year-old, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, will be sentenced on December 8. A judge will have the option to sentence him to prison, making him eligible for parole in the coming decades.
Colin King, a psychologist who met with the teenager, described him as a “feral child” neglected by his parents.
Judge Kwame Rowe said his home life was “not ideal” and that his parents often drink and argue, but “not terrible”.
On Friday, Mr Roe said the teenager “appeared to have a loving and supportive family. He went on family vacations, owned several pets and had visits from family. … In defendant’s own words, his childhood was ‘good.’”
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