Michigan shooting suspect's dad mouthed 'I love you' to his wife as the couple appeared in court on involuntary-manslaughter charges

  • James and Jennifer Crumbley appeared in court on Tuesday for a probable-cause hearing.

  • Each is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter relating to the Oxford school shooting.

  • James Crumbley mouthed "I love you" to his wife during the hearing.

The father of the suspect in the Oxford, Michigan, school shooting mouthed "I love you" to his wife during an in-court conference for their probable-cause hearing on Tuesday.

James Crumbley and his wife, Jennifer Crumbley, are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Oxford High School shooting that left four students dead and seven others injured.

Their son, a 15-year-old student at the school, is the sole suspect in the shooting.

The couple sat with their attorneys between them during the hearing, but James Crumbley was seen mouthing words to Jennifer Crumbley when both attorneys approached the judge for a private discussion, showed video of the conference, which Insider watched.

The parents, who were arrested in the basement of a commercial building in Detroit on December 4, are accused of not taking steps to prevent the shooting.

Karen McDonald, Oakland County's prosecutor, said the Crumbleys bought as a Christmas gift for their son the gun that he's accused of using in the shooting.

McDonald also said that Jennifer Crumbley previously ignored calls and emails from Oxford High School officials after a teacher reported that the Crumbleys' son had been looking up ammunition on his phone during class.

On the morning of the shooting, the Crumbleys met with school officials after a teacher saw their son writing concerning notes in class. The Crumbleys refused to take their son home and urged the school to send him back to class, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that when Jennifer Crumbley later heard there was an active shooter at Oxford High School, she texted her son, "Don't do it."

Judge Julie Nicholson postponed the Crumbleys' probable-cause hearing to February 8 at the request of both the prosecutors and the defense team. The later hearing is expected to determine whether the Crumbleys will face a trial for their charges.

The Crumbleys' attorneys did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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