OXFORD, Mich. – The Oakland County prosecutor and the defense attorney for Jennifer Crumbley got into an argument in the courtroom over “sobbing” during evidence that showed video of the Oxford High School shooting.
The dispute took place between Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald and defense attorney Shannon Smith after the prosecution called assistant principal Kristy Gibson-Marshall to the stand.
Gibson-Marshall talked about walking through the hallways and crossing paths with the shooter near an injured Tate Myre, who was killed in the shooting.
“Your Honor, is there any way we could have a minute?” Smith asked after the court watched surveillance video from the hallways of Oxford High School during the shooting. “I’m so sorry, can we just have a minute, like a break or — could we have a 10-minute break, please?”
Judge Cheryl A. Matthews granted the break and dismissed the jury from the room. Before Oakland County deputies could escort Jennifer Crumbley from the room, McDonald asked to briefly go back on the record.
“Are we on the record?” McDonald asked. “Can we go back on the record?”
“You want to be on the record?” Matthews asked.
“Yes,” McDonald said.
“Your Honor, this court upon the defense’s request, instructed the prosecutors not to show emotion. You instructed the prosecutors to tell our witnesses not to tell emotion, and you instructed us to let our victims know –”
“I don’t think that’s actually what I said,” Matthew said.
“I understand the ruling, Your Honor, I do,” McDonald said. “You’re concerned about influence of the jury. I take no issue with it. But it was a difficult thing. It’s difficult, and we’re doing it. And then to have, not just the defendant, her lawyer sit there sobbing so that–”
“I did not sob,” Smith said.
“I just want