They Ask That Ethan Crumbley, Accused Of Shooting, Remain In Adult Prison

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(WABNEWS) — Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old who is charged in the Michigan high school shooting in which four students were killed in November, should remain in adult jail because his mental maturity is far beyond his years. , prosecutors argued Tuesday.

Ethan Crumbley faces a series of charges, including murder, as an adult for allegedly opening fire at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30, killing four students and wounding seven others: six students and one teacher.


Due to the seriousness of the crimes he faces, he has been held in the Oakland County Jail. And on Tuesday, prosecutors argued during a court hearing that he should remain there rather than be transferred to Oakland County Children’s Village.

“In his diary, he described the type of weapon he needed, who his first victim would be, and finally stated that he would turn himself in so he could witness the pain and suffering he caused,” said Markeisha Washington, chief of the District Attorney’s Family Support Division. of Oakland County. “This shows sophistication beyond that of your average 15-year-old.”

Ethan Crumbley is under constant supervision and is monitored every 15 minutes by an officer, according to his public defense attorney, Paulette Michel Loftin.

The alleged shooter faces one count of terrorism, four counts of premeditated murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while committing a felony. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys have filed a notice that they plan to use a defense for dementia in court.

Loftin, who told the court that he met with Ethan at least 12 times, said the prosecutor was arguing based on events that occurred before his client was charged. “I think it’s going to be very important for the court to look at what’s happened since he was charged,” Loftin said.

Loftin said that before the shooting, Crumbley was hallucinating, seeing things and hearing voices. “He wasn’t sleeping, he was extremely anxious, he wasn’t eating properly,” Loftin said, adding that Crumbley had asked his parents to see a therapist.

He said the extreme isolation in jail “doesn’t do any good at all and actually hurts Mr Crumbley.”

Prosecutors argued that Crumbley has access to adult jail services that are not available to minors housed at Children’s Village of Oakland County.

He is currently allowed to watch TV, has access to a tablet to communicate with friends and family, is allowed to play games and has access to books, has phone privileges, receives mail, and has access to the jail commissary where he has an account and can buy certain items, the prosecution said.

Loftin argued that while his client has access to a tablet, it’s not something that’s housed in his cell with the device and that while he has access to a phone, he doesn’t have phone numbers for any relatives “so he hasn’t used it.” the phone at all.”

Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe also heard from Children’s Village manager Heather Calcaterra, who said there are currently no minors in Children’s Village charged with murder.

“I have never had a case like this in my career,” Calcaterra said. “This was a devastating situation, and we don’t know what the defendant’s presence is on our campus, in classrooms, on units, what presence, how it can trigger or affect other Oakland County youth.”

Calcaterra added that she would be concerned about Crumbley’s safety at the juvenile detention center. “I don’t know if it would be a target. I don’t know if his presence in a juvenile facility would cause him some kind of trauma.”

Rowe allowed attorneys until the end of the week to provide supplemental information to the brief for consideration before deciding whether Crumbley will be allowed to be transferred to juvenile hall.

Rowe’s decision is expected to occur next week.

Ethan Crumbley’s behavior remains a concern, prosecutors say

In the days leading up to the shooting, Ethan Crumbley displayed troubling behavior that alarmed school officials.

His parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, have pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter for their actions, or lack thereof, leading up to the shooting. Prosecutors accused them of giving their son easy access to the gun and ignoring signs that he was a threat.

They were arrested days after the shooting at a Detroit warehouse following a manhunt after they failed to appear in court for their initial arraignment.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Oakland County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Collins said Crumbley asked jail staff on Dec. 17, “How do I get my fan mail, my hate mail and my commissary?”

“He knows he’s going to have people who look up to him and people who hate him alike, and he wants that notoriety,” Collins said.

Collins argued that Crumbley’s email communication via tablet to what she called her fans shows that she portrays her life in prison as “not so bad”.

“We won’t have this in writing when you’re in Children’s Village, when you’re talking to another child,” Collins argued. “This is not a person you should put in the position of having contact with and potential influence over other minors,” she said.



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