The Michigan teenager charged in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021 calmly answered questions via video link on Monday in a hearing in which his lawyers unsuccessfully pleaded with the judge to move him from jail to a juvenile center.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, blinked occasionally behind glasses and over a white mask in the Oakland County criminal court procedural hearing as his lawyers said his mental, physical and emotional health was not best served by holding him in the county jail, although he is isolated from other inmates.
His lawyers also argued that he was not a threat to other young people and should be held at a youth facility.
Oakland County assistant prosecutor Marc Keast told Judge Nancy Carniak that video evidence showed Crumbley was responsible for the Nov. 30 shooting that killed four students and seriously wounded six others and a teacher at Oxford High School 30 miles northwest of Detroit. Crumbley has pleaded not guilty.
Keast said he could not imagine putting Crumbley, who has been charged as an adult and is being held without bail, in a juvenile center.
''I still feel strongly that his conduct could be a menace to other juveniles,'' Carniak said, according to the Washington Examiner. ''I think his placement is appropriate in the adult facility.''
The judge said she would not move Crumbley.
His lawyers said that moving him to a youth center would allow him to continue his education, and that the shooting was an ''isolated incident.'' They also said that Crumbley could hear adults from where he was being held in the jail's clinic.
Keast assured the judge he would contact jail officials to ''make sure the defendant is not within sight or sound of adults at the Oakland County Jail.''
Crumbley spoke only briefly in the hearing, giving his name and telling the judge he understood the proceedings.
Also charged in the Nov. 30 killings are his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, who prosecutors say gave him a semi-automatic handgun as an early Christmas present and then ignored signs that he was planning a shooting at the school.
The parents, who have pleaded not guilty, are being held in the same county jail as their son in lieu of $500,000 bail each on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Newsmax staffer Jack Gournell contributed.
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