OXFORD, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy accused of opening fire at his Michigan high school, killing four students and wounding seven other people, was in court Monday for a procedural hearing.
Ethan Crumbley is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other counts for the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit.
The purpose of Monday’s hearing was to prepare for the next hearing, set for Dec. 20, at which a judge would hear evidence and decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Crumbley to trial. It’s possible that the case could be put on hold if his attorney seeks a mental competency exam.
“In a case like Crumbley, the primary topics addressed would likely be: the exchange of discovery and the timing of that exchange; whether the preliminary examination will proceed on the scheduled date, whether it will be waived, or whether it will be adjourned to a new date; and bond,” a spokesman for the Oakland County prosecutor’s office said.
Monday, Crumbley’s lawyer attempted to have her client moved from the facility he’s currently at, saying he would be better served at a juvenile facility. However, as seen in the video above, the judge chose not to have him moved. “My client is not a menace to society; he should not be considered a menace to other juveniles. This is someone who has never been in trouble before. This is not someone who has a history of assaulting kids his age or any other negative contact with his peers. This is an isolated incident. This is all we are looking at here today,” said Ethan Crumbley’s attorney, Paulette Loftin.
Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are accused of failing to intervene on the day of the tragedy and are charged with involuntary manslaughter and were arrested.
The morning of the shooting, school officials met with Ethan Crumbley and his parents at the school after a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a bullet and a person who appeared to have been shot, along with messages stating, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead.”
The school district’s superintendent has said the Crumbleys “flatly refused” to take their son home.
The gun used in the shooting also was bought days before by James Crumbley and their son had full access to it, prosecutors said.