Jennifer Crumbley asks court to exclude evidence about harmed birds, affair

Posted at 3:38 PM, December 5, 2023

PONTIAC, Mich. (Scripps News Detroit) — Jennifer Crumbley‘s attorney has filed a pair of motions with the court regarding evidence in the involuntary manslaughter case against her.

A man and woman in jail uniforms and face masks sit in court

FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2022, photo, Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, a teenager accused of killing four students in a shooting at Oxford High School, appear in court in Rochester Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

The motions pertain to evidence Ethan Crumbley killed and mutilated birds and evidence of a second affair by Jennifer Crumbley.

The court had previously said it would hold off on ruling about the admissibility of evidence about the bird’s head. In the new motion, Crumbley’s attorney says more has been revealed in discovery about the circumstances surrounding that situation. However, Attorney Shannon Smith argues that the details would be too prejudicial to her client and that there is no evidence either parent knew about the birds anyway.

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The second motion seeks to clarify a previous ruling about an affair Jennifer Crumbley had before the Oxford High School shooting. A judge has already ruled that the evidence was inadmissible. Attorney Smith says that during discovery she has been presented with evidence that Crumbley had another affair when her son was six. The motion seeks to clarify if this evidence is also covered by the order to exclude evidence of the other affair.

These motions come after the judge granted James and Jennifer Crumbley separate trials last month over witness conflicts.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Detroit, an E.W. Scripps Company.