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Ethan Crumbley attorneys to use insanity defense

A booking photo of the suspect, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.
A booking photo of the suspect, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)— Attorneys for the student who allegedly killed four classmates at Oxford High School say they’ll argue he was insane at the time of the shooting.

A new lawsuit filed by families of the victims argues the school and the alleged shooter’s parents could have prevented the killings. It’s the second civil suit filed against Oxford school officials and also targets the parents of the alleged shooter, Ethan Crumbley, claiming they ignored signs the teen could become violent.

Oxford High parent Chad Gregory claims that inaction left his son Keegan in a bathroom watching Crumbley allegedly kill another student.

“The shooter took his fourth victim in that bathroom. And he called our son out and he told him to get against the wall… next to the body. And the minute the shooter took his gun off Keegan and pointed at the wall where he was gonna kill him… he ran.”

Prosecutors charged Crumbley as an adult. A successful insanity defense could mean he won’t go to prison.