Accused Michigan school shooter gets court-appointed lawyer, his parents hire legal team

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Accused Michigan high-school shooter Ethan Crumbley was given a court-appointed attorney—while his parents hired their own private legal team to fight the lesser charges against him, A new report says.

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As The Independent reports, James and Jennifer Crumbley, who were charged with involuntary manslaughter as accomplices in the first-degree murder of their 15-year-old son, have hired a team that included Shannon Smith. who represented the disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

His son, on the other hand, is being represented by court-appointed attorney Paulette Michelle Loftin, a little-known defense attorney from the Detroit suburb of Rochester.

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Ethan Crumbley faces life in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, terrorism and seven counts of assault with intent to murder in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School that killed four Had gone.

His parents were arrested last weekend after fleeing a murder charge against him.

James and Jennifer Crumbley are hiring an experienced legal team to fight their involuntary manslaughter charges.
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Photos of Oxford High School shooting victims Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myere, Justin Schilling and Madison Baldwin are placed at a memorial outside the school on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
Photos of Oxford High School shooting victims Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myere, Justin Schilling and Madison Baldwin are placed at a memorial outside the school on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
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A flood of flowers is placed at a large memorial outside Oxford High School, Michigan on December 7, 2021.
A flood of flowers is placed at a large memorial outside Oxford High School, Michigan on December 7, 2021.
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While his move to hire expensive lawyers may seem like a cold-hearted move that leaves his son to fend for himself, a prominent lawyer said he may have a reason.

“In some ways, the parent has got a tougher case than the child,” said veteran defense attorney Bill Swrow. told the Detroit Free Press,

A written football is placed in tribute to Oxford High School shooting victim Tate Myere at a memorial outside the school on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
A written football is placed in tribute to Oxford High School shooting victim Tate Myere at a memorial outside the school on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
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“They’re adults, and he’s a kid, and the father bought the gun,” said Oath. “Mother made [social media] postings, and public officials … made public statements that are very counterproductive.”

Crumblies bought a 9mm semiautomatic handgun allegedly used in the shooting by his son and refused to kick him out of school after meeting with administrators over a “disturbing” drawing made by the teen.

Exterior view of Oxford High School on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
Ethan Crumbley is accused of shooting and killing four students at Oxford High School.
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Officials said he returned to class and opened fire about three hours later.

When another teacher caught the teen searching for ammunition on his phone a day before the shooting, his mother wrote to him, “You have to learn not to get caught.”

The American flag is hoisted at Oxford High School on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
Veteran defense attorney Bill Swore argues that Ethan Crumbley will have an easier time in court than his parents.
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Ethan’s lawyer, Loftin, told the Free Press that she would not comment on the case until she had had a chance to review all the evidence against her client.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said school officials and a Detroit artist who helped police run the Crumblies could also face charges.

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