Michigan school shooter, Ethan Crumbley, pleads not guilty to murder, gun and terrorism charges after massacre that left four students dead
The teenager charged in a mass shooting that left four students dead at Oxford High School made his first appearance in trial court.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, pleaded not guilty in front of Oakland County Circuit Court via video from the jail where he is being held on first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, terrorism and gun charges. Crumbley is charged as an adult in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit.
Fifteen-year-old Ethan Crumbley was arraigned Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court via video from the jail, where he’s being held without bond since the Nov. 30 shooting.
Crumbley is charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of terrorism causing death and gun charges.
His attorneys on Friday waived his preliminary examination in district court, moving the case toward trial in circuit court.
Judge Kwame Rowe set a status conference for January 19.
The teenager’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting, because prosecutors allege they gave Ethan the gun as an early Christmas present. They also are accused of breaching their responsibility by refusing to remove him from school two hours before the shooting when counselors confronted them with his distressing drawings of violence.
Prosecutors have said that the couple also ignored numerous warning signs about Ethan, including the teen’s fascination with Nazi propaganda and text messages in 2021 in which he told his mother that he thought ‘there was a demon or a ghost or someone else inside the home.’
Meanwhile, Oxford High students returned to classes Tuesday at a different building in the district. The high school is expected to reopen January 24.
Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, remain in the Oakland County Jail on $500,000 bond apiece while awaiting court proceedings on four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors say the couple did not do enough to prevent their son from carrying out the shooting, which was the deadliest attack on a U.S. school campus since 2018.