Ethan Crumbley set to plead guilty to Oxford school shooting charges

Pontiac – The Oxford High shooting suspect is expected to plead guilty next week to charges up to life in prison, a spokesperson for the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday.

Ethan Crumbley, 16, faces 24 felony charges, including terrorism and first-degree premeditated murder in the Nov. 30 shooting that killed Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling, and injured six students and a teacher. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“We can confirm that the shooter is expected to plead guilty to all 24 counts, including terrorism, and the prosecutor has notified the victims,” ​​Assistant District Attorney David Williams told the Detroit News. Williams didn’t give details and declined to answer questions.

Crumbley is scheduled Monday morning for what was expected to be a routine in-person preliminary hearing before Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe. It is unclear how a plea might affect the hearing and the defense attorneys’ prior intention to seek an insanity defense. Defense attorneys did not return calls Friday for comment.

Lawyers for Crumbley had originally planned to mount an insanity defense against the teenager, who was 15 at the time of the shooting. Lawyer Paulette Michel Loftin told The News in January that she and fellow defense attorney Amy Hopp believed Crumbley was mentally capable, but were going to argue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the shooting presumed – particularly if he had the ability to conform his actions to the law or knew the difference between right and wrong.

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