Ethan Crumbley’s lawyers beg for him to be taken OUT of adult prison saying he ‘isn’t a menace' despite 'killing 4’

OAKLAND High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley appeared in court Monday, where 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 the hearing, arguing that Crumbley had not shown evidence he would be a "menace" to other juvenile inmates.

They recommended that Crumbley could 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."

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.”

Judge Nancy Carniak, who presided over the hearing, would have to decide at a later date whether Crumbley can be relocated.

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The next hearing for Crumbley is scheduled to be held January 7, 2022 at 9am.

His parents will be tried separately.

Ethan and both his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are reportedly being held in isolation and on suicide watch.

The three are being checked on "multiple times an hour," according to Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan.

Bouchard added that records do not indicate that any of the three face mental health issues.

Jennifer and James were charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter.

They both pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, and were each placed under $500,000 bond.

A district judge ruled the couple a "flight risk" during their arraignment hearing.

Attorney Matthew Barhoma, founder of Barhoma Law, PC, is a renowned criminal appeals and corporate lawyer in California who spoke with The Sun about the potential outcomes of the Crumbleys' trials.

Ethan has been charged as an adult for allegedly killing four students at Oxford High School.

Barhoma thinks it’s likely the teen could receive a life sentence without parole.

But Barhoma says the teen could get a lighter sentence if he shifts the blame to his parents. 

“After all, he is a 15-year-old child. Usually, no one exerts a greater influence on a child’s life than their parents,” he said.

Barhoma added that Ethan’s best possible defense is to “claim delusion or insanity for the upbringing his parents gave him.“

Oakland County prosecutor, Karen McDonald, told WJBK that both James and Jennifer Crumbley had been “difficult,” adding Ethan should not have had access to his father’s gun.

McDonald stated: “We know owning a gun means securing it properly locked up and keeping ammunition separate and not allowing access to other individuals especially minors.”

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