Crumbley family estrangement hardens between son, parents as court looms

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

The parents of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley will have no influence, and likely no insight, into their juvenile son's high-stakes criminal case or life in the near term, legal experts say.

Ethan Crumbley,15, is facing 24 felony charges in connection with a shooting rampage at Oxford High School Tuesday that killed four students and injured seven people.

Ethan Crumbley and his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are deliberately estranged, and the teen's court-appointed lawyer, Paulette Michel Loftin, does not plan to cooperate with the parents' legal team despite a long tradition of attorneys following formal and informal agreements to share information.