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Parents of Oxford shooter argue against using experts on mass shootings in court


The parents of the teen who killed four students last year at Oxford High School argued in court Friday against using experts on mass shootings in their upcoming trial.

Prosecutors charged Jennifer and James Crumbley with involuntary manslaughter accusing them of being grossly negligent by ignoring signs their son could become violent.

They are set to go on trial next year.

In court filings, prosecutors wrote that the Crumbleys created a “pathway to violence” for their son Ethan, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to shooting four classmates to death and wounding seven other people at Oxford High.

Defense attorneys countered that the court should not allow experts on mass shooting to testify at the parents’ trial, claiming that the idea of creating a “pathway” to killing is a fairly new area of research with in-consistent findings.

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.