Lawyers for teenager charged in fatal Michigan school shooting have filed insanity defense notice

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A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation of Ethan Crumbley is likely after his attorney filed a notice of insanity defense Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Attorney Paulette Loftin said it’s important to note that her filing is not an insanity plea, but rather an assertion preceding her next filing – a request for assessment at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry of the State.

Ethan Robert Crumbley. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

“It’s normal to explore (a defendant’s) mental health at the time of the offence,” Loftin said, adding that she is awaiting Judge Kwame Rowe’s signature on the notice before proceeding with the request for an offence. Evaluation.

Crumbley, 15, is charged with four counts of first-degree premeditated homicide, terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the November 30 shooting in Oxford. High school. Four were killed and seven others were shot and wounded.

Loftin said the psychiatric evaluation was intended to determine Crumbley’s criminal responsibility, but not to assess his competence. She also said it would take 60-90 days for the report to be completed.

Crumbley is being held in the Oakland County Jail, separated from other inmates due to his age, as required by law. Loftin said she visits him regularly and he is “doing as well as one would expect” while being held in “extreme solitary confinement” which is particularly difficult for someone from his age.

The law requires a court hearing on Crumbley’s placement every 30 days, to determine whether he should remain in the adult facility or instead be transferred to the county’s juvenile facility, Children’s Village. The next placement hearing is scheduled for February 22.

Crumbley, who was a sophomore at Oxford High, is accused of opening fire inside the school, with a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun believed to have been an early Christmas present from his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley. Crumbley’s parents are also being held in Oakland County Jail, charged with four counts of manslaughter. Their bail is set at $500,000 each.

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