But Shannon Smith, one of the couple’s lawyers, told the judge that a fuller picture would come to light. “There is far more going on than what this court has been made aware of,” she said.
Who Are James and Jennifer Crumbley?
During the proceeding, the defense team revealed a few details of the couple’s lives.
Ms. Crumbley, 43, grew up in Clarkston, a Detroit suburb about 20 minutes from Oxford, her lawyer said. Her lawyer added that Ms. Crumbley was recently working as a marketing director. An undated profile, recently removed, on the website of a Michigan real estate company had listed her as an employee.
Ms. Crumbley was charged with driving under the influence years ago, according to her lawyer, and court records show a few other misdemeanor charges.
Mr. Crumbley, 45, also had a conviction for a D.U.I., but no more serious charges, his lawyer said.
In his Facebook profile, which has since been deleted, Mr. Crumbley listed a job history at a handful of small software and technology companies. Most recently, from February to July, he worked as an independent contractor for a San Francisco-based technology company called Monarch, according to the firm.
“He was terminated for reasons unrelated to this incident,” said Chase Gonzales, the company’s chief executive, who declined to offer additional details.
The couple once lived in Florida but returned to Michigan several years ago, their lawyers said. They bought their home near downtown Oxford in 2015.
A former girlfriend of Mr. Crumbley’s, Michelle Cobb, 39, struggled on Saturday to reconcile the current news with the man she said she once fell in love with. Ms. Cobb, who has a son, Elijah, 18, with Mr. Crumbley, spoke about their relationship in an interview outside her home in Jacksonville, Fla.