Ethan Crumbley hearing: 'School shooter' shows no emotion staring straight ahead as he appears in court for 'killing 4'

ETHAN Crumbley showed no emotion and stared straight ahead as he appeared in court after allegedly gunning down four in the Oxford school shooting.

Crumbley, 15, briefly appeared in court on Friday weeks after a judge rescheduled his first appearance in December as both the prosecution and defense requested more time to comb through the mountains of evidence from the shooting.

Crumbley, sporting an orange jumpsuit and white facemask, was present via a video call as he agreed to waive his preliminary exam and will automatically be bound over to circuit court for his trial in the Oxford shooting case.

Both sides agreed to postpone the matter of bond for another two weeks.

It was the first court appearance for the 15-year-old in the new year after his legal team campaigned to remove him from the Oakland County Jail, where adult inmates, including his parents, are held.

Attorney Deborah H. McKelvy and Crumbley's appointed defender, Loftin, introduced the idea in a December 13 hearing, arguing that Crumbley had not shown evidence he would be a "menace" to other juvenile inmates.

They recommended that Crumbley be moved to the Oakland County Children's Village, a juvenile detention center.

McKelvy expressed "concerns for his mental and emotional well-being" and emphasized that the Oakland County Jail is not "designed for juveniles."

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Prosecuting attorney Mark Keast was vehemently against the idea, saying that Crumbley was accused of "targeting juveniles" in the school shooting attack.

He also pointed out that the Children's Village has had documented escapes.

"This cannot be compared to any other case," Keast argued, saying he couldn't imagine placing "this defendant in a school environment after what he did.”


Crumbley's parents, James and Jennifer, are currently being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

Officials tracked down the teenager’s parents to a basement in Bellevue Street, Detroit, Michigan, on December 4 after authorities launched a manhunt for the pair.

The parents are thought to have gone on the run after they were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Both James and Jennifer Crumbley pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter during their first court appearance.

The Crumbley's are also scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon.


Crumbley's alleged rampage began in the early afternoon of November 30, shortly following a meeting between himself, his parents, and a school counselor that had received a report of disturbing drawings made by the teenager.

A teacher discovered a note on his desk with a drawing of a handgun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop, help me,” prosecutors said.

It has also emerged that James called 911 40 minutes after his son allegedly shot four people dead to report a gun was missing from their home and that his son may have been the shooter.

Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School, was charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting that killed Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Justin Shilling, 17.

He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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