Crumbleys back in court to convince judge to move their trial elsewhere




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  • 2022-06-27 14:19:13Z
  • By Detroit Free Press

James and Jennifer Crumbley are back in court Monday morning as their lawyers try to convince a judge to move their trial out of Oakland County.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m.

The couples' lawyers argue their clients cannot get a fair trial in Oakland County due to intense media coverage and the trauma suffered by the local community, where their son, Ethan, allegedly carried out a mass school shooting last fall.

Jennifer Crumbley, sat to the left of attorney Mariell Lehman as her husband, James Crumbley sat to the right in the Oakland County courtroom of Judge Cheryl Matthews on March 22, 2022, regarding pretrial matters.
Jennifer Crumbley, sat to the left of attorney Mariell Lehman as her husband, James Crumbley sat to the right in the Oakland County courtroom of Judge Cheryl Matthews on March 22, 2022, regarding pretrial matters.  

The Crumbleys are charged with involuntary manslaughter for their alleged roles in the case. Prosecutors have accused the couple of ignoring an "emotionally troubled" son, and instead of getting him help, they bought him a gun - the same gun that was allegedly used in the shooting.

The Crumbleys' lawyers have also asked the judge to censor and sanction the prosecution, alleging prosecutors have gone out of their way to bad mouth the parents, and are releasing too many details about the case. This is tainting the jury pool and interfering with the Crumbleys' right to a fair trial, they allege.

More: Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley's trial delayed 4 months

More: Judge denies Crumbleys' request to drop involuntary manslaughter charges

Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews will hear arguments from both sides Monday.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has argued that she has a duty to inform the victims and public about the case, though she has agreed to a gag order that would prohibit both sides from discussing the case with the media.

"(T)he defendants have important rights, but so do victims and the public. Victims have a right to a zealous advocate on their behalf. The public has a right to know what happened and to try to prevent future shootings. Above all else, the public and victims have a right to the truth," McDonald has argued in court documents.

Tresa Baldas: tbaldas@freepress.com

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Jennifer and James Crumbley back in court for change of venue hearing

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