The suspected Oxford High School shooter has been refused a transfer to the Children’s Village and will remain in jail

OXFORD, Mich. – suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan CrumbleyThe request to be transferred to the Oakland County Children’s Village was denied and he will remain in jail.

The decision comes a week after the 15-year-old went before a judge to argue that he should return to the children’s village. His defense tried to convince a judge that the Oakland County Jail did not meet his needs as a juvenile offender.

“The purpose of this hearing is to determine only where the defendant should be placed during the pendency of this case – whether or not he should be placed in the Oakland County Jail or whether or not he should be returned to the Village. children, where the case originally started before he was charged as an adult,” said Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kwame L. Rowe.

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Prosecutors said Crumbley would be a ‘threat’ to other minors at the children’s village and could be effectively and safely held at the jail. They read the shared evidence and spoke to three witnesses as part of their argument.

“In a text read with his friend and in his diary, he described a plan to hunt down, rape, torture and ultimately kill a classmate,” the prosecutor said. “He expressed his joy at torturing a family of baby birds and he wrote about the joy he received listening to them scream as he killed them.

“He spoke of his admiration for Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer, specifically saying, ‘When you die you must be remembered for a long time, doing something that will make people think of you forever. .'”

Much of the prosecutors’ argument centered on the possible dangers for Crumbley to be around children, given that the charges against him involve high school students.

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“Placing this defendant with other at-risk minors who are presumably the same age as his victims would be contrary to the rehabilitation of those in the children’s village and pose a potential risk of harming their safety,” a prosecutor said.

Crumbley’s defense insisted the isolation inside the prison was not good for him.

“This extreme isolation is in fact completely unhelpful and actually detrimental to Mr. Crumbley,” his defense said. “He’s basically a cement cell with a glass door, and as the rule is out of the sight and noise of adults, he has very little interaction with anyone.”

Click here to read the testimony of three witnesses who spoke in court that day.

Full court hearing for alleged Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley, February 22, 2022, part 1
Full court hearing for alleged Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley, February 22, 2022, part 2

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