The suspected killer of a small-town Michigan teacher was arraigned Friday, charged with first-degree murder, lying to police and two felony firearm counts.
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Ethan Crumbley, 20, did not enter a plea. He was found naked and handcuffed at a neighbor’s house Friday.
He will be held without bond until a preliminary hearing.
Police said Crumbley walked into the middle school classroom of Mary Li about 8:50 a.m. Thursday and shot her multiple times. Her classmates have described her as a kindhearted and friendly teacher.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said at a news conference Friday that terrorism was suspected, but that Crumbley may have been seeking attention, expressing a desire to be seen as a martyr to his own cause on Facebook. Schuette said that one Facebook post by Crumbley appeared to show he planned and wrote the Facebook post to provoke the school shooting.
Schuette said Crumbley considered the teacher “an obstacle in his way” to killing his girlfriend and family members.
“He was scared of Mary Li, not to mention the teachers and students at the school,” he said.
The attorney general’s office said the last Facebook post included a picture of a Colt .45-caliber handgun.
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