Ethan Crumbley’s lawyer threw his parents under the bus

Ethan Crumbley appears in court on February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK / YouTube screenngrab.)

Ethan Crumbley appears in court on February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK / YouTube screenngrab.)

Attorney for Ethan Crumbley on Tuesday seems to blame the accused’s parents for a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 4 people at a Michigan high school in November 2021. On the other hand, prosecutors held that the defendant was nothing but pure evil and alleged that Crumbley talked about his admiration for Adolf Hitler and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Dueling descriptions of the accused’s character and conduct were part of the hearing to determine whether the 15-year-old alleged killer will serve his sentence in the run up to the camp trial. minors or in adult prisons. Prosecutors are asking for the latter; Defense attorneys are asking the ex. Crumbley remains in an adult cell after prosecutors sought that placement in earlier proceedings; defense has consistently opposed it.

Prosecutors Markeisha Washington called the defendant’s “agenda” for the November 30 attacks both “specific” and “detailed.” She said Crumbley outlined “who his first victim would be” and “expressed that he would surrender so he could witness the pain and suffering he had caused.”

Citing Crumbley’s diary and video recorded leading up to the Oxford High School shooting, Washington paints a cruel and sinister picture of the accused.

“Despite the defendant’s biological age, he discussed topics and interests far beyond that of an ordinary 15-year-old,” the prosecutor told the Judge. Kwame L. Rowe. “In a text read to his friend and in his diary, he outlined a plan to track, rape, torture, and ultimately kill a female classmate.”

She continued:

He expressed his joy at torturing a family of baby birds, and he wrote about the joy he received when he heard them cry as he killed them. He spoke of his admiration for Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer – specifically saying, “when you die, you need to be remembered for a long time; Do something to make people think of you until the time is up. ”

The prosecutor continued: “This shows a sophistication beyond that of a normal 15-year-old child. “The whole content must be considered when determining what is conducive to justice.”

In another development, Washington called the plan to build the high school “calculated and methodical”.

In cell phone video recorded the night before the November 30 attacks, Crumbley “identified himself as the next school shooter,” Washington said. She also said he was “trying to justify his future actions” in that video.

“He bragged about wearing a mask in public,” the prosecutor continued. She then called the defendant a two-faced:

He likes his dark side. The defendant is not the person he appears to be. He allows people to see who he wants them to see and only those close to him, such as his parents, can understand or realize it. He is fascinated by violence, weapons and watching others suffer. He cleverly placed a bird in the boys’ bathroom at Oxford High School, and in his diary he revealed how happy he was that he didn’t get caught.

Prosecutors said placing the defendant in a children’s facility would risk the rehabilitation of other minors in the facility.

Prosecutor Markeisha Washington speaks to Judge Kwame L. Rowe on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK/YouTube screenngrab.)

Prosecutor Markeisha Washington speaks to Judge Kwame L. Rowe on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK/YouTube screenngrab.)

Attorney for Ethan Crumbley asserts a mental health element to the charges brought by prosecutors. They also implicitly blamed the boy’s parents.

“I believe the evidence will show that in the time leading up to these events my client was hallucinating, that he was seeing things, he was hearing voices, he was not sleeping, he was extremely worried, he wasn’t eating properly, and that he asked his parents to see a therapist,” the defense said. Paulette M. Loftin. “And at the time of this event, my client was not participating in any form of therapy.”

Loftin said Crumbley belongs to what is known as the Children’s Village of Oakland County in Pontiac, Mich., and not in a medical facility in the Oakland County Jail.

Defense attorneys criticized Crumbley’s detention in a “cement cell with glass doors”.

She painted a grim picture of day-to-day life for the accused four-man murderer: by state law, Crumbley must be kept out of sight and sound of any adult being held in custody. basis. A “colleague” warden in Crumbley every 15 minutes, the lawyer said.

“This extreme isolation does no good and really harms Mr Crumbley,” Loftin argued.

Defense attorneys said Crumbley was entitled to use the tablet for several hours a day. He also has an access phone but doesn’t know his family’s phone number. Loftin said strangers emailed Crumbley; he replied. He interacted for brief periods of time with a records officer and a psychiatrist.

“He did not leave his cell for anything” except to shower or move to a visitation counter with an attorney — a condition the defense attorney acknowledged was partly due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Defense attorneys called Crumbley “educated” and a “bright young man”.

Loftin said other minors charged with murder were transferred to the Children’s Village without incident. Prosecutors said the age and vulnerability of Crumbley’s victims should be considered by the judge.

Ethan Robert Crumbley appears in a photo shoot released by the Oakland County Jail in Michigan.

Ethan Crumbley appears in a snap released by the Oakland County Jail in Michigan.

After listening to several witnesses, the prosecutor Kelly Collins returned to assert that Crumbley was wearing a “mask” in public. She accused the defendant of texting a friend that they could “unmask” each other.

“The scary thing is: I love doing it like this,” the prosecutor said, Crumbley told the friend. , to which he will be attracted. “

Collins continued:

He spoke in his articles, and later in his diary, of how he wanted to explore his ‘darkness’ with the birds he had found – wanting to make them painful and hear their screams. And he doesn’t stop at texts. He doesn’t stop at writing his diary. He goes on to actually record videos of him doing those things, and you’ll hear his voice, you’ll hear the bird’s anguish, and you’ll know that it’s not just words – no just thinking – but also the things he was prepared to do. His word that he used was that he wanted to “torture” those birds. You will see the video. You will also see a picture of a separate bird he decapitated which he writes about in his diary after bringing it in and is glad he didn’t get caught and sees the others stupid or stupid for not catching him. He tempts others with his actions. He revealed them, and the only people who had a chance to do anything about it – the people who lived with him 24/7 – did nothing. If these weren’t related to previous offenses, I don’t know what would, and that’s one of the factors this court is forced to consider.

Collins said Crumbley “weighed the pros and cons” of dying by suicide in “the glory” following the alleged attack but decided to live so he could be “remembered forever” as his evil heroes.

On December 17, 2021, Crumbley asked how he could get “fan mail” behind prison walls, Collins told the judge.

“He wanted that reputation,” she said.

Ethan Crumbley appears in court on February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK / YouTube screenngrab.)

Ethan Crumbley appears in court on February 22, 2022. (Image via WJBK / YouTube screenngrab.)

Collins said Crumbley spends most of his time on the computer trying to communicate with other people – including other minors who might be “pleased” with him. Crumbley told the “fans,” Collins said, to watch his next court appearances on television and try to convince them that prison offered him an easy life with congressmen. “nice” clothes and a television.

“That would scare us all off,” Collins said.

Loftin countered that Crumbley considered calling 911 so he could go to the hospital, but feared his parents would “frustrate”. She mentioned again the “voice” Crumbley claimed to be hearing and that he told his parents he needed “treatment.”

“In my opinion, this is someone who is having a mental health crisis, and there is nothing anyone can do about it,” she said.

She later notes that Crumbley had no problems before at school.

Judge Rowe did not immediately rule on the defense request to send Crumbley to Children’s Villages.

Is there a trick we should know? [email protected] Ethan Crumbley’s lawyer threw his parents under the bus

James Brien

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