Michigan school shooter hoped to see Biden impeached as parents feared their conservatism would harm trial

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Ethan Crumbley, now 16, shot dead four students at his high school on the outskirts of Detroit in November 2021

The parents of a deeply disturbed 15-year-old boy who fatally shot four students at his Michigan school urged a judge on Thursday to block their son’s diaries from being allowed into evidence in their manslaughter case, arguing that they should not be judged. the basis of his beliefs.

Ethan Crumbley, now 16, has been charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder for the November 2021 massacre of fellow Oxford High students.

On Thursday, a judge ruled he should remain in adult prison until his trial, which has been tentatively set for September.

His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have been charged with manslaughter after it emerged they bought the gun for their troubled son, who spent hours researching mass shootings and begged his parents to help him before using the weapon in his school. The judge said they failed to exercise ‘ordinary care and diligence’ as parents.

The parents will go on trial in October and it is unclear whether Ethan will testify against them. Last month a judge refused to lower their bail and insisted they were at risk of fleeing.

At Thursday’s hearing, the parents’ lawyer argued that Ethan’s diaries, text messages and internet searches should not be allowed into their trial as evidence.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested shortly after their son carried out his mass shooting

James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested shortly after their son carried out his mass shooting

Jennifer (far left) and James Crumbley sit with their lawyer Mariell Lehman (centre) in court

Jennifer (far left) and James Crumbley sit with their lawyer Mariell Lehman (centre) in court

The teenager had raged at “sleeping Joe Biden” and said he hoped his shooting would lead to Biden’s impeachment.

His mother had written to Donald Trump after the 2016 election to say: “thank you for granting me the right to bear arms”.

Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman, representing the parents, wrote in court papers: ‘Mr and Mrs Crumbley should not be found guilty or not guilty depending on the attitude of the jurors towards Presidents Biden and Trump.

“Political convictions have no legitimate role in this trial.”

They argued, according to The Detroit Free Pressthat Ethan’s diary “has serious potential to distract the jury from the real issues of the case”.

They added: “The documents risk turning jury deliberations into political debate.

“It would also likely lead to longer deliberations and possibly an endless chain of hung juries, as the likelihood of all jurors having the same attitude about (Ethan)’s anti-Biden rant is surely close to zero. .

Relatives of November shooting victims embrace outside Oxford High School

Relatives of November shooting victims embrace outside Oxford High School

Ethan Crumbley is pictured in court in Oakland County, Michigan

Ethan Crumbley is pictured in court in Oakland County, Michigan

The Crumbleys also want to keep the jury from hearing about their alleged affairs, their smoking or weed drinking habits, owning a horse or having a messy house – all of which have been raised by prosecutors.

Ethan detailed how he would carry out the shooting in his diary and called the president “sleeping f****** Joe Biden” – echoing a common Trump nickname.

Ethan predicted that his actions would be so significant that “sleepy f*** Joe Biden will have to apologize to people.”

He added, “I hope my shooting leads to Biden’s impeachment.”

The teenager, whom teachers found drawing pictures of guns shooting at people, and scribbling on his math homework saying, “My life is useless,” “Blood everywhere,” and ” Thoughts won’t stop, help me.”

In his diary he wrote, “I want all of America to see the darkness in me and hate me.”

He said: “The first victim has to be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer like me.

Ethan wrote: “I wish to hear the screams of the children as I shoot them.”

He wrote that he wanted to “cause the largest school shooting in Michigan history.”

Jennifer and James Crumbley are accused of failing to stop their son from murdering his classmates

Jennifer and James Crumbley are accused of failing to stop their son from murdering his classmates

The Crumbleys try to prevent their son's diaries and text messages from being included in court testimony

The Crumbleys try to prevent their son’s diaries and text messages from being included in court testimony

‘I will kill everyone I see f******.

“I completely lost it mentally after years of fighting my dark side. My parents don’t want to listen to me talk about help or a therapist.

“People will be talking about my shoot for years and I will have a huge impact on the United States.

“I want America to hear what I did.”

The teenager’s parents said they had no idea the newspaper existed.

“There is no evidence that (Ethan’s) parents knew or ever saw (his) diary,” they said.

‘Any reasonable person would be horrified to see (Ethan) laying out plans, such as ‘the first victim must be a pretty girl’.’

The Crumbleys’ attorneys also asked a judge to exclude Ethan’s 400 internet searches for graphic content implicating other school shootings, particularly in Florida, and people killed from the trial.

And they seek to exclude his text messages to a friend.

“They make me feel like the problem,” Ethan texted the friend.

“My mom makes everyone feel like a piece of shit.

“I actually asked my dad to take me to the doctor the other day, and he just gave me some pills and told me to ‘suck’. My mom laughed when I told her said.

Ethan also told the friend that he hid the head of a dead bird under his bed.

“Holy shit my mom almost found the bird head,” he wrote.

“Jesus Christ, my heart is racing. »

Crumbley’s attorney said: ‘There is no doubt that (Ethan’s) writings, texts and internet searches are extremely disturbing and upsetting.

“This makes them particularly unfairly prejudicial to Mr and Mrs Crumbley, who had no knowledge of or writing the journal, had no knowledge of or involvement in sending the texts or had anything to do with the horrific research on Internet (from Ethan).’

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