Ethan Crumbley: Suspect should remain in adult prison as mental maturity far beyond that of average 15-year-old, prosecutors say


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

Due to the severity of the crimes he faces, he was held in the Oakland County Jail. And on Tuesday, prosecutors argued in a hearing that he should stay there instead of being moved to the Oakland County Children’s Village.

“In his diary he described the type of weapon he needed, who would be his first victim, and ultimately he said he would surrender so he could witness the pain and suffering that ‘it caused,” said Markeisha Washington, the head of the Family Support Division at the Oakland County District Attorney’s office. “It shows sophistication beyond that of an average 15-year-old.”

Crumbley is under constant surveillance and watched every 15 minutes by an officer, according to his defense attorney, Paulette Michel Loftin.

The alleged shooter faces one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while committing a crime. He pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys filed a notice that they planned to use an insanity defense at trial.

Loftin, who told the court she had met Ethan at least 12 times, said the prosecutor was arguing based on events that occurred before her client was charged. “I think it will be very important for the court to look at what has 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 asked his parents to see a therapist.

She said the extreme solitary confinement in prison “is absolutely not beneficial and in fact detrimental to Mr Crumbley”.

Prosecutors argued that Crumbley had amenities available to inmates at an adult prison that are not available to juveniles housed at the Oakland County Children’s Village.

He is currently allowed to watch television, has access to a tablet to communicate with friends and family, is allowed to play games and has access to books, has telephone privileges, receives mail and has access to the police station from the prison where he has an account and can purchase certain items, the prosecution said.

Loftin argued that while his client has access to a tablet, it’s not something that’s in his cell with him, and while he has access to a phone, he doesn’t have phone numbers. phone for relatives “so he didn’t use the phone whatsoever.”

Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe also heard from Heather Calcaterra, the Oakland County Children’s Village Superintendent, who said there are currently no minors at the Children’s Village. accused of murder.

“I’ve never had a case like this in my career,” Calcaterra said. “It was a devastating situation, and we don’t know what is the presence of the accused on our campus in the classrooms, on the units, what is this presence – how this can trigger or affect other young people in the Oakland County.”

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

Rowe has allowed lawyers until the end of the week to provide additional information on file for review before he decides whether Crumbley will be allowed to be transferred to the juvenile facility.

Rowe’s decision is expected to come next week.

Behavior remains a concern, prosecutors say

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

His parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, each pleaded not guilty to four counts of manslaughter for their actions – or lack thereof – that led to the shooting. Prosecutors accused them of giving their son easy access to the gun and ignoring signs that he posed 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.
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During Tuesday’s hearing, Oakland County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Collins said that on December 17, Crumbley asked prison staff, “How do I get my fan mail, my hate mail and my commissioner?”

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

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

“We won’t have them in writing when he’s at the Children’s Village, when he talks to another minor,” Collins explained. “He’s not someone you should put in a position to have contact and potential influence over other minors,” she said.


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