Ethan Crumbley: Prosecutors cite ‘troubling and disturbing’ piece of evidence they can’t yet release to public

Accused was ‘allowed to go back to class’ despite withheld information, according to Karen McDonald

Gino Spocchia
Thursday 02 December 2021 14:58
<p>Ethan Crumbley, 15</p>

Ethan Crumbley, 15

Oakland County’s prosecutor has described a piece of evidence against the 15-year-old accused of killing four classmates as “disturbing” and “troubling”, and said that she cannot make it public.

Karen McDonald, the prosecutor, was reported as saying there was “an additional piece of evidence that hasn’t been released yet”, after detailing a “mountain of digital evidence” against the accused on Wednesday.

“But I can assure you it was troubling. It was disturbing and unfortunately he was allowed to go back to class,” Ms McDonald said, as reported by ClickOnDetroit.

The prosecutor for Oakland County announced charges of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, and seven counts of assault against the accused, Ethan Crumbley, on Wednesday.

The sophomore student, who entered a plea of not guilty, was arrested in the hallway at Oxford High School following the shooting on Tuesday, was arraigned in court the following day. The township is north of Detroit.

Ms McDonald said at a press briefing that the evidence building up against Mr Cumbley was significant and featured his social media posts and a video.

Reports meanwhile alleged that he wrote on Instagram:  “Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford.”

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said a meeting had been arranged by Oxford High School with Mr Crumbley’s parents hours before the attack because of the 15-year-old’s “concerning” behaviour but was allowed to remain in school.

Fox2 Detroit meanwhile reported that the school in fact summoned Mr Crumbley’s parents on both Monday and Tuesday, citing violent drawings as well as “concerning” behaviour.

The meetings and subject of the drawings remain unconfirmed, and it is not known if they were connected with the “disturbing” and “troubling” evidence cited by Ms McDonald, who said he was “unfortunately ... allowed to go back to class” despite the withheld piece of information.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in