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OAKLAND High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley appeared in court Monday, where his legal team campaigned to remove him from the Oakland County Jail where adult inmates, including his parents, are held.
Attorney Deborah H. McKelvy and Crumbley’s appointed defender, Loftin, introduced the idea in the hearing, arguing that Crumbley had not shown evidence he would be a “menace” to other juvenile inmates.
They recommended that Crumbley could be moved to the Oakland County Children’s Village, a juvenile detention center.
McKelvy expressed “concerns for his mental and emotional well-being” and emphasized that the Oakland County Jail is not “designed for juveniles.”
Prosecuting attorney Mark Keast was vehemently against the idea, saying that Crumbley was accused of “targeting juveniles” in the school shooting attack.
He also pointed out that the Children’s Village has had documented escapes.
“This cannot be compared to any other case,” Keast argued, saying he couldn’t imagine placing “this defendant in a school environment after what he did.”
Judge Nancy Carniak, who presided over the hearing, would have to decide at a later date whether Crumbley can be relocated.
The next hearing for Crumbley is scheduled to be held January 7, 2022 at 9am.
His parents will be tried separately.