A Michigan judge said on Tuesday that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley created molotov cocktails and considered using them in the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan last November that left four people dead. .
In an opinion, Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe said he reviewed text messages and journal entries from Crumbley showing the teenager was considering whether to use the molotov cocktails , the Detroit Free Press reported.
Rowe ordered Crumbley to remain in Oakland County Jail, an adult prison, pending trial, where the teenager faces a first-degree murder charge and terrorism charges for killing the four students and injured seven others.
Crumbley’s parents are also on trial for manslaughter and are accused of ignoring clear warning signs of their son’s mental distress.
The parents are also accused of buying the firearm used in the shooting for their teenage son.
The three Crumbleys have pleaded not guilty.
Ethan showed clear signs of disruption before filming, according to Judge Rowe’s opinion reviewed by the Detroit Free Press. The teenager, for example, slowly tortured eight baby birds to death.
“The nature and circumstances of the alleged offense are extremely disturbing and disturbing,” Rowe wrote in his opinion, according to the outlet.
The judge’s decision to keep Ethan in adult prison is a victory for prosecutors, who claimed the teenager “had a deeper, more calculated mind than any other 15-year-old”.
A lawyer for Crumbley said the teenager should be moved to Children’s Village, a rehabilitation-focused juvenile detention center, because the Oakland County Jail is “not equipped to handle juveniles”.