Ethan Crumbley has another court hearing today: Here’s why

Oxford High School mass shooting suspect now has Circuit Court arraignment after being bound over to trial on long list of felony charges

Ethan Crumbley appears via video for a probable cause conference court hearing on Jan. 7, 2022. (WDIV)

Ethan Crumbley has another court hearing Wednesday after he was bound over for trial on terrorism and murder charges in connection with the mass shooting at Oxford High School.

The 15-year-old is accused of opening fire with a handgun Nov. 30 inside the high school where he was a sophomore student. Eleven people were struck by the gunfire, of which four were killed: 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.

Crumbley 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 district court arraignment when a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He was bound over to trial during a court hearing Jan. 7.

Circuit Court arraignment

Crumbley’s felony case now goes to Oakland County Circuit Court where he will be arraigned on the felony charges again. He has the option to enter a different plea. If he pleads guilty this time, there won’t be a trial and a sentencing date will be set by the court.

This hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday (watch live here). The arraignment could be followed by a pre-trial conference.

Parents charged

Meanwhile, Ethan Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Their request for a bond reduction was denied last week. Their bonds remain set at $500,000. A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8. A preliminary examination hearing is where attorneys discuss the case, a potential plea to all charges, some of the charges, or reduced charges, depending on the case.

All three of the Crumbleys have been held at the Oakland County Jail in separate locations.

Read: Poll: Michigan voters support charging parents in Oxford High School shooting


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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.