Oxford High School Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bond

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OXFORD, Michigan (December 1, 2021, 5:10 p.m.) ~ Ethan Crumbley was arraigned late Wednesday in Oakland County Court on two dozen charges stemming from Tuesday’s shootings at Oxford High School.

Crumbley entered a plea of not guilty on charges that included one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Judge Nancy Carniak ordered that Crumbley be held without bond, and that he be moved from his current incarceration at the Children’s Village juvenile detention center to the Oakland County Jail.


December 1, 2021 ~ Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard talks with Guy Gordon about the Oxford High School shooting and the meetings the suspect and his parents had with administrators before the shooting.


December 1, 2021 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Lloyd Jackson talks with Guy Gordon about the four victims of the Oxford High School shooting: Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling.


December 1, 2021 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne talks with Guy Gordon about Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard‘s latest update on the Oxford High School shooting.

Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast, who had viewed relevant footage from the school’s security cameras, spoke during the proceedings. 

After students started running, he continued down the hallway pointing the gun and firing … and firing in classrooms … and at students who were unable to escape,” said Keast.  “What’s depicted on that video … honestly judge … I don’t think I have the words to describe how horrific that was.” 

Tuesday’s shooting left four dead, including Hana St. Juliana (14), Tate Myre (16), Madisyn Baldwin (17), and Justin Shilling (17). Of the injured, three remain at hospital, and another four have been treated and released. 

December 1, 2021 ~ Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard briefs reporters, offering new revelations about interactions that the shooter and his parents had with Oxford High School administrations just prior to Tuesday’s deadly incident.

Oxford High School Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bond

OXFORD, Michigan (December 1, 2021 4:08 p.m.) ~ The Oxford High School shooting suspect has been identified as 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Wednesday in a press conference that Crumbley will be charged as an adult.

Charging this person as an adult is necessary to achieve justice and protect the public,” said Prosecutor McDonald in her Wednesday press conference. “Any other option would put all of us at risk of this person because they could be released and still a threat.”

His current charges are one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

I can say that there is a mountain of digital evidence,” said Prosecutor McDonald. “Video tape, social media . . . we have reviewed it, and we are confident we can show it was premeditation.”


December 1, 2021 ~ Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald gives a press conference to announce charges against Oxford High School shooter, who will be charged as an adult.


According to investigators, Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, told their son not to speak to authorities following his arrest. Police must receive permission from a juvenile’s parents or guardian in order to speak with them.

The Prosecutor also said, “we are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly.”

Today is only the beginning,” McDonald said. “It’s possible there could be additional charges issued very soon when that investigation is reviewed and complete.”

Oxford High School Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bond

OXFORD, Michigan (December 1, 2021, 1:35 p.m.) ~ Four students were killed and seven others were wounded Tuesday after a shooting at Oxford High School. Police took a 15-year-old sophomore into custody. They also recovered a 9mm handgun, along with live ammunition and multiple shell casings.

According to Detroit Area FBI Special Agent in Charge Andy Arena, the suspect is not speaking to law enforcement.

They are going to have to piece this together, and try to figure the motive out the old-fashioned way,” said Arena to 760 WJR‘s Kevin Dietz.

Multiple police, EMS, and SWAT responded to the active shooter call just after 1 p.m., along with medical helicopters and news crews.

Those killed were a 16-year-old Tate Myre,14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. According to reports, a fourth student, 17-year-old Justin Shilling, died due to his injuries Wednesday morning.

November 30, 2021 ~ Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard gives reporters a late evening briefing on the Oxford High School shooting, which left three students dead and another eight individuals wounded.

The injured include one teacher and six students.

If you see something, or hear something, say something,” said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard to 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith. “In the past seven days, we have investigated three incidents, three concerns at different schools, and deemed them to be not credible. But we would rather investigate 1,000 nothings than this one real deal.”

Of those injured, the teacher was discharged from the hospital after being treated for a bullet grazing wound, while children 14 through 17 are in conditions ranging from stable to critical. One 14-year-old girl was put on a ventilator Tuesday night.


December 1, 2021 ~ Detroit Area FBI Special Agent in Charge Andy Arena gives Kevin Dietz the updates on the Oxford High School shooting that left multiple students dead.

An emotional Governor Whitmer attended a law enforcement news briefing Tuesday evening, saying, “I appreciate the quick response of all of our first responders. My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy. I hope that we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families, the affected children and school personnel, and this community.

It is still unclear whether the suspect had specifically targeted anyone. According to Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, the suspect is currently under suicide watch.

Stay with 760 WJR for the very latest in the Oxford High School shooting investigation.


November 30, 2021 ~ Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe and Governor Gretchen Whitmer brief the press outside Oxford High School in the aftermath of a deadly shooting that killed three and left eight wounded.

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