Ethan Crumbley, the teenager accused of shooting dead four classmates in the halls of his Michigan high school, will remain behind bars in adult prison awaiting his next trial for murder.
The decision was made at a hearing Thursday, held monthly to assess whether Crumbley, 16, should be transferred to a juvenile facility or remain at the Oakland County Jail. While most arrested minors are housed at the Children’s Village, the severity of Crumbley’s crimes prompted authorities to charge him as an adult after he set off gunfire at his school on November 30 2021.
Crumbley was just 15 when he opened fire in the halls of Oxford High School that day. Armed with a firearm recently bought for him by his parents, the teenager shot dead four classmates and injured seven others before turning himself in to authorities.
Crumbley, now 16, was charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Justin Shilling; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
He also faces one count of terrorism, among several other crimes related to the massacre at his school, located about 35 miles north of Detroit.
Last month, an Oakland County judge denied his attorney’s request to transfer him to the juvenile center, agreeing with prosecutors that Crumbley remains a danger to society. According to federal law, however, this decision must be reviewed every 30 days.
His trial date has been set for September.