Wagswoofs – The judge ruled on Monday that the alleged extramarital affairs of Ethan Crumbley’s mother will not be included in her upcoming trial for manslaughter.
According to The Detroit Free Press, prosecutors sought to introduce evidence of Jennifer Crumbley’s infidelity, dating back to when her son Ethan was just 6 years old. However, Judge Cheryl Matthews of the Oakland County Circuit ruled against allowing this evidence to be presented to the jury.
The defense attorney representing the mother had expressed concerns about the potential bias that could arise among the jury due to the alleged affairs.
The judge barred the prosecution from potentially using a second affair as evidence, even though Matthews had already dismissed evidence from a previous affair.
According to the outlet, the judge also prohibited the use of any evidence pertaining to the parents’ untidy living conditions, consumption of alcohol and marijuana, their son’s internet browsing history, and a Nazi coin that their son possessed.
Ethan’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are set to go to trial next year. They face four counts of involuntary manslaughter for purchasing the semiautomatic handgun that Ethan used in the mass shooting. Additionally, they are accused of disregarding their son’s need for mental health treatment.
If convicted on all four counts, each individual could face a maximum prison sentence of 60 years and be subject to fines of up to $30,000.
Ethan Crumbley, after pleading guilty to 24 charges, including one count of terrorism and four counts of first-degree murder, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole last week.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the prosecution attempted to introduce evidence suggesting that Jennifer Crumbley was aware of her son’s cruelty towards baby birds. It was alleged that she had even made comments on a picture of a bird on her son’s social media account. However, the defense argued that this “bird evidence” should be excluded from the trial, stating that it would be unfairly prejudicial, even if it were deemed relevant.
The trial date for the Crumbleys, initially scheduled for January 23rd, has been postponed due to their successful request for separate trials. This decision is expected to cause a delay in the proceedings.