Accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, now 16, is continuing his education in prison.
The teenager appeared in court Thursday, June 23, virtually from Oakland County Jail for a regular placement hearing review. Under Michigan law, the court must review Crumbley’s placement every month because he is being held in adult prison as a juvenile.
An earlier point of contention for the defense in its efforts to have Crumbley transferred to a juvenile facility concerned his ability to access educational opportunities behind bars.
“He’s cemented his educational opportunities,” Oakland County Assistant District Attorney Markeisha Washington said during Thursday’s hearing. “He has since received the device needed to take his GED classes and is indeed doing so.”
Crumbley was a sophomore at Oxford High School when police say he carried out a mass shooting on November 30 that killed four classmates.
The four students killed in the shooting were: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. Seven other victims, including six students and a teacher, were also injured.
Oakland County District Judge Nancy T. Carniak previously ruled that Crumbley should remain in adult prison and considered him a “potential threat to other minors.”
Despite being physically separated from other inmates, Crumbley was allowed access to an electronic tablet to email his family from prison.
Crumbley is charged with 24 felonies, including committing a terrorist act causing death, and four counts of first degree murder. He faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.
His lawyers, with the agreement of prosecutors, have asked Presiding Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwamé L. Rowe to adjourn the trial date, originally scheduled for September 6, so that they have more time. time to consider the huge amount of evidence in the case. Rowe agreed and set a new trial date for January 17 at 8:30 a.m. He also decided that Crumbley would remain in prison.
Rowe has scheduled a review hearing regarding Crumbley’s placement in jail for July 21 at 9 a.m. The hearing will take place via Zoom.
Ethan Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are separately charged with four counts each of manslaughter, which carries up to 15 years in prison, and are also being arraigned in Oakland County Jail along with $500,000 in cash or bonds.
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