Ethan Crumbley plans insanity defense in Oxford shooting case
Accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley plans to plead insanity in the criminal case accusing him of killing four students and injuring six others and a teacher in an attack on November 30 , according to a filing Thursday.
Crumbley, 15, a high school sophomore, pleaded not guilty to charges he committed the nation’s deadliest shooting since 2018.
A one-sentence notice of insanity defense was filed Thursday morning in Oakland Circuit Court, signed by defense attorneys Paulette Michel Loftin and Amy Hopp. Neither returned phone calls.
“Please note that under MCL 769.20a, defendant Ethan Crumbley intends to assert the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense and gives notice of his intention to assert such defense” , reads a copy of the filing, obtained by The Detroit News.
Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald also received notice, according to the filing, which is attributed to Judge Kwame Rowe.
According to state law, Crumbley’s attorneys would have to prove by a preponderance of evidence that he lacked “substantial capacity either to appreciate the nature and quality or wrongfulness of his conduct or to conform his conduct meets the requirements of the law.” Tests could reveal whether Crumbley suffered from a mental illness or intellectual disability.
The notice, listed in a case summary, is expected to lead to mental health checks for 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes for the shooting, which also injured six other students and a teacher. . The experts will examine whether the teenager understood the wrongfulness of his conduct on the day of the shooting.
Tate Myre’s father, William Myre, told a trial press conference on Thursday several milestones that Tate would miss, including his 17th birthday, graduation, senior wrestling season and “getting up “one day at his brothers’ weddings.
“It was a January 1 baby,” William said, speaking through tears as he sat between his wife, Sheri, and his attorney.
“We’re not doing well,” Myre said. “We think of Tate every day. We sit in his room. We listen to his playlist on Spotify.”