Jury deliberations are underway in the manslaughter trial of the Michigan mother of a teenager who killed four classmates and injured others. It is the latest development in the shooting that occurred on November 30, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan, just north of Detroit.
Below is a timeline of events leading up to the verdict.
November 26, 2021: James Crumbley purchases a Sig Sauer 9mm from Acme Shooting Goods in Oxford. His son Ethan, 15 at the time, posts a photo on Instagram of himself holding the semi-automatic pistol and writes: “Just got my new beauty today. SIGSAUER 9mm. I will answer any questions.” Includes an emoji of a smiling face with heart eyes.
November 27, 2021: Jennifer Crumbley and Ethan take turns firing the gun from a distance. She writes on social media that it is a “mother and son day trying out her new Christmas gift.”
November 29, 2021: A teacher sees Ethan, a sophomore at Oxford High, searching for ammunition online with his cell phone during class and reports him. Ethan tells the school staff that he and his mother recently went to a shooting range and that shooting sports are a family hobby. The school staff calls his mother to let her know, but she tells him that she is not in trouble. As she exchanges text messages with her son, she writes: “Hahaha. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” That night, Ethan Crumbley records a video in which he states his plan to kill students.
November 30, 2021: Ethan Crumbley opens fire at Oxford High School, killing four students. Seven other people, including a teacher, are injured. His parents had met with school officials earlier that day because violent drawings were found in a math assignment, but they did not remove him from school. Ethan’s backpack was also not searched. A weapon that he was carrying in his backpack was used in the attack. The shooter surrenders without a fight.
December 1, 2021: Ethan is charged as an adult with murder and terrorism.
December 3, 2021: James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter. The authorities cannot find them and a search is launched.
Dec. 4, 2021: A judge sets a combined $1 million bond for the parents, hours after police say they were caught hiding in a Detroit art studio with new phones and more than $6,000 in cash. They plead not guilty to the charges.
December 9, 2021: The first lawsuits seeking $100 million each are filed against the Oxford school district, saying the violence could have been prevented.
January 24, 2022: Oxford High School reopens for the first time since the attack, with the school’s principal declaring “we are taking our high school back.”
October 24, 2022: Ethan Crumbley, 16 at the time, pleads guilty to terrorism and first-degree murder.
December 9, 2023: A judge sentences Ethan Crumbley, now 17, to life in prison after hearing hours of gripping anguish from wounded parents and survivors.
January 23, 2024: Jennifer Crumbley stands trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in an unusual effort to hold her parents criminally responsible for the deaths.