Friday, February 3, 2023

WATCH LIVE: Hearing on Alleged Oxford Shooter

ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan (AP) – A hearing on 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, charged with the murder of four students at Oxford High School, is scheduled for Monday.

The event will begin at 1:15 pm ET. Observe your hearing in the player above.

Last Monday, a Michigan state judge refused to take Crumbly out of the adult prison, but she agreed that the prison must ensure that the boy cannot hear or see adult inmates.

Ethan Crumbley’s lawyer, Paulette Loftin, argued at her conference for likely reasons in Rochester Hills District Court that her client should be returned to a juvenile correctional facility, stating that he “should not be considered a threat to other minors.”

“This is someone who has never had a problem before,” Loftin said. “This is not someone who has a history of assaulting children of his age or any other negative contact with their peers. This one-off incident is all we pay attention to today. “

But District Judge Nancy Karniak sided with Auckland County Assistant Attorney Mark Keest, who objected that the nature of the charges and security risks required Crumbly to be held in an adult institution. Crumbley, as an adult, is accused of killing four classmates and injuring seven more in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Detroit.

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“This cannot be compared to any other case that has previously been tried in this court or in any other court in this district, and frankly, calling it an isolated incident does not justify itself,” said Kist. “It was a massacre at school, judge. It was planned. it was thought out in advance. The defendant did not just attack other people, he targeted minors. “

Kist said he would contact the prison after Monday’s hearing and “make sure the defendant is not within sight or ears of any adult in the prison.”

Karniak postponed the probable cause hearing on January 7 to check the testimony of witnesses and other evidence from prosecutors and investigators. At that time, she could decide whether to order a competency exam for him if such an exam was requested by his lawyers.

Monday’s conference was a procedural hearing in preparation for the December 20 preliminary hearing, which will also be rescheduled.

Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, who are also in prison, are charged with non-intervention on the day of the tragedy and charged with manslaughter. Hearings await them on Tuesday.

On the morning of the shooting, school officials met with Ethan Crumbly and his parents at school after a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a bullet, and a man who appeared to have been shot, as well as messages that said, “My life is useless. “And” The world is dead. “

The school district superintendent said the Crumbley “flatly refused” to take their son home.

The gun used in the shooting had also been purchased a few days earlier by James Crumbley, and their son had full access to it, prosecutors said.

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