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Michigan Supreme Court pauses criminal trial for Oxford shooter's parents

These undated photos provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office show James Crumbley, left, and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School in Michigan.
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These undated photos provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office show James Crumbley, left, and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School in Michigan.

The Michigan Supreme Court is pausing the upcoming criminal trial for the parents of the teen who killed four students at Oxford High School one year ago. The state’s High Court questions whether there is enough evidence to support an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors accuse James and Jennifer Crumbley of being grossly negligent by allegedly ignoring signs their son could become violent and instead buying him a gun as a gift.

The parent’s involuntary manslaughter trial was set for January.

Michigan’s Court of Appeals rejected an attempt by the Crumbley’s attorneys to stay the proceedings and have some evidence ruled inadmissible.

But now Michigan’s Supreme Court is sending the case back to the Appeals Court, ordering it to consider whether there is enough evidence for prosecutors to take the rare step of charging the parents of the shooter with a crime.

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC. Klinefelter joined WDET in 1998 after earning a M.A. from the nation’s top-ranked journalism school, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and working as a sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio.