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Judge keeps Oxford school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, 16, in jail

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 5/20/2022 Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
Ethan Crumbley appears for a pretrial hearing via Zoom on Thursday, April 21, 2022. © Provided by Oakland County Courts Ethan Crumbley appears for a pretrial hearing via Zoom on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Oxford school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, who celebrated his milestone 16th birthday in jail last month, isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

At his jail review status hearing Thursday morning, Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe ordered him to remain in jail, concluding it's in the "interest of justice" to keep Ethan behind bars.

The hearing lasted less than five minutes, with Ethan appearing via Zoom from jail wearing a face mask and saying nothing. Neither he, his lawyers nor the prosecution objected to the judge's order as this decision has been made numerous times before — each time a judge concluding jail is the appropriate place for the teenager, not a juvenile facility.

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Crumbley has been behind bars since Nov. 30, the day he surrendered to police in a school hallway after allegedly opening fire using a gun his parents had bought him as a gift. The shooting killed four students, and injured five more students and a teacher.

Crumbley, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, is covered by a federal law that says juveniles who are held in adult jails must have their cases reviewed monthly. His lawyers have previously requested that he be transferred to Children's Village, though prosecutors have convinced the judge to keep him in jail, arguing he's a danger to society given the severity of his alleged crimes.

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Crumbley has been charged with first degree murder and terrorism. 

At his last hearing, Rowe set a tentative trial date for Sept. 6, but noted that could change.

Ethan Crumbley's parents are also facing a trial in the fall for their alleged roles in the mass killings. Jennifer and James Crumbley are scheduled to go to trial in October on involuntary manslaughter charges for what prosecutors allege amounted to gross negligence. Prosecutors say the Crumbleys ignored a mentally ill son, and instead of getting him medical help, they bought him a gun — the same weapon that police say was used in the Nov. 30 massacre.

The Crumbleys have pleaded not guilty, So has their son. All three Crumbleys are detained in the Oakland County Jail, but are prohibited from talking to one another.

Tresa Baldas: tbaldas@freepress.com

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