15-year-old faces 24 charges in connection with deadly mass shooting at high school
Ethan Crumbley appeared via video conference Friday to continue his probable cause conference in court.
Crumbley waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday and Judge Nancy T. Carniak automatically bound him over to circuit court for trial as charged. A trial date will be set by the circuit court.
The teen, a sophomore at the high school, is facing 24 charges as an adult in connection with the mass shooting including:
One count of terrorism causing death
Four counts of first-degree murder
Seven counts of assault with intent to murder
12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
Crumbley was denied bond during his arraignment when a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Bond is expected to be addressed again in the coming weeks, Carniak said Friday.
Ethan Crumbley first appeared for the probable cause conference on Monday, Dec. 13 in front of Judge Carniak at the 52nd District Court — Division 3. He appeared virtually via video conference, remaining inside the Oakland County Jail.
The probable cause conference was adjourned until Friday, Jan. 7 while the defense and prosecution reviewed evidence.
Parents have bond hearing on Friday
Ethan Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are due in court Friday afternoon as they are attempting to get their bond reduced. The adult Crumbleys face four counts each of involuntary manslaughter.
Their bond is currently set at $500,000 and the judge will review both sides of the argument in court on Friday. On Dec. 23, the couple’s attorney argued that the couple is not a flight risk and requested their bond be lowered.
The Oakland County prosecutor has already requested the judge not reduce their bonds and said the couple will “flee if they get the opportunity.”
The prosecutor also outlined evidence and showed drawings by their son that included the words, “blood everywhere” and a sketch of a handgun and a happy face crying with laughter.
The prosecutor also cited alleged extramarital affairs and the couple being $11,000 behind in house payments as reasons why they ignored signs of their sons depression and fixation on guns six months leading up to the shooting.
That evidence and the request will be reviewed on Friday.
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