Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year old Oxford Township teen facing charges in connection with the Oxford High School mass shooting on November 30, 2021 is scheduled to appear before Judge Nancy Carniak of Oakland County’s 52nd District Court, Division 3 in Rochester Hills, MI on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. to resume the probable cause hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Keast is expected to provide evidence that the defendant, Ethan Crumbley did in fact commit the crimes of terrorism, murder, and assault with intent to murder while possessing a firearm at Oxford High School on the students and faculty as well as the community of Oxford Township as outlined in the indictment.
The conference will be held virtually as ordered by Judge Nancy Carniak who will make a determination if the evidence presented by the prosecution is sufficient for further proceedings.
According to Michigan Court Rules, the defendant may waive his rights to a preliminary exam where a potential plea deal or reduced charges may be reached and proceed directly to trial.
Probable-cause conference adjourned - resumes on Friday
In the previous probable cause hearing held on December 13, 2021, the defense purported Ethan’s lack of supportive services available with his current detainment in adult custody and violation of the state’s juvenile confinement statute alleging the defendant’s ability to hear adults due to his close proximity to inmates while being held in the medical facility.
Defense attorneys advocated for the defendant’s transfer back to Oakland County’s Children Village in concern for his mental, emotional, and physical well-being as well as providing a conducive environment to continue his education.
Prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Keast offered rebuttal citing Mich. Ct. R. 6.909 and MCL 764.27(a) which delineates release and confinement rules prior to trial and sentencing for juvenile defendants. Judge Carniak upheld her decision for Ethan to remain in adult custody deeming him a menace to other juveniles.
The hearing was adjourned to accommodate what was described as “excessive amounts” of discovery for the defense to review.
The state’s case against Ethan Crumbley
Ethan is the sole suspect as the lone gunman in the fatal high school massacre which caused the death of four students: Hana St. Juliana (14), Tate Myre (16), Madisyn Baldwin (17), and Justin Shilling (17) as well as injuring seven others including a teacher: Phoebe Arthur, John Ascuilto, Molly Darnell, Riley Franz, Elijah Mueller, Kylie Osege, and Aiden Watson.
He was arraigned on Monday, December 6, 2021 via virtual conference and has plead not guilty on all counts.
Ethan Crumbley facing two dozen charges
Ethan Crumbley has been charged as an adult on one count of Terrorism Causing Death, a felony punishable by life without parole or a minimum of 25 – 40 years and maximum of at least 60 years; four counts of First-Degree Murder for the slain Oxford High School students, a felony punishable by life without parole or a minimum of 25 – 40 years and maximum of at least 60 years; seven counts of Assault with Intent to Murder for the surviving victims including six students and one teacher who were injured, a felony punishable by life with any number of years; and, twelve counts of Felony Possession of a Firearm or Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, a felony charged in conjunction with the charges of terrorism, first-degree murder and felony assault punishable by 2 years consecutively with and preceding any term of imprisonment for a felony or attempted felony conviction.
He is currently being held without bond at the Oakland County Jail.
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