Alleged Michigan high school shooter to use insanity defense, faces lawsuit

Ethan Crumbley will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Updated: January 27, 2022 - 4:47pm

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Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, 15, plans on using the insanity defense, according to a court filing from his attorneys Thursday, while a new lawsuit was been filed on behalf of some of the victims.

The teenager is being charged as an adult for allegedly killing four students and injuring six other people at Oxford High School near Detroit. 

Crumbley, his parents and several school staff members face a lawsuit filed Thursday by the parents of Tate Myre, who was killed Nov. 30, and other students who were present when the shooting occurred. The complaint, which seeks at least $25,000 in damages, alleges gross negligence, assault, reckless conduct and emotional distress among other charges. 

"We’re sad and heartbroken — our lives forever changed," William Myre, Tate's father, said according to The Associated Press. "Our family will never be the same. We’re not doing good. All we do is walk around the house and think about Tate. We think about him every day. We sit in his room. We listen to his playlist off Spotify. We’re not doing good, but we’re going to find a way to get through it together."

Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor David Williams told CNN that Crumbley will have a psychiatric evaluation by a doctor as part of "standard procedure."

Crumbley's parents, James and Jennifer, face manslaughter charges in relation to the school shooting incident.