The mother of the convicted Oxford High School shooter went on trial yesterday for involuntary manslaughter charges, the first time a parent of a US school shooter has been charged directly in connection with an attack. The father faces a separate trial in March.
Prosecutors argue Jennifer Crumbley, 45, was grossly negligent of the dangers her son posed prior to the shooting, claiming signs of his mental instability and violent tendencies were clear. Her son, then 15, killed four students and injured seven others at his school on Nov. 30, 2021, using a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun his father bought him for Christmas four days before. The younger Crumbley pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December.
Crumbley has claimed she was unaware of the extent of her son's mental health issues, with the defense arguing she was an imperfect but attentive parent. Crumbley faces up to 15 years if convicted.