Here’s what the Oxford shooter’s attorney said after he pleaded guilty to all charges

The attorney for the Oxford High School shooter says she believes her client made the right choice Monday after he pleaded guilty to the 24 felony charges against him.

The Oxford High School student charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and more in connection with the Nov. 30, 2021, fatal mass shooting pleaded guilty Monday to all charges during a court hearing. The shooter, 16-year-old Ethan Crumbley, admitted to fatally shooting four students and shooting and injuring, with an intent to murder, seven other people.

Crumbley’s attorney Paulette Michel Loftin said after Monday’s hearing that he “made the right decision today,” and that by changing his plea from not guilty to guilty, he’s trying to “take accountability for his actions.”

The shooter was scheduled to go on trial in January of next year, where he was expected to “to assert the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense.”

“Originally, we filed a notice of insanity, and based on the conversations that we’ve had and the review of the discovery, we felt it appropriate to withdraw that and have him plead guilty today,” Loftin said.

The shooter is scheduled to appear in court again in February for a Miller hearing, where the judge will consider arguments from both sides before handing down a sentence. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled sometime after the February hearing.

When asked to make a statement addressing the families of the victims, the defense attorney said that she doesn’t think “there are any words that could make [the families] feel any better.” His attorney did say the shooter feels remorseful, though he appeared straight-faced and emotionless in court on Monday.

More: Transcript: Oxford shooter admits to premeditated murder, terrorism amid prosecutor questioning

Loftin also suggested Monday that Crumbley did not specifically target

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Denver Latino Gangbangers “Doing the White Man’s Job for Them,” Attorney Says

On September 28, Elias Chavez and Tlaloc Chavez, both 23 and unrelated, were each given two life sentences for the 2021 murders of David Lara, 59, and DeAngelo Tafoya, 59 — acts that the Denver Police Department has tied to gangs.

The outcome was expected, but it still shook attorney Jason Flores-Williams, who represented Elias Chavez. Flores-Williams has observed the corrosive influence of Latino gangs in Denver for years, and he feels it’s time to speak frankly about those who participate in such activities.

“The system has culpability here,” he acknowledges. “But ultimately, these kids are destroying themselves and doing the white man’s job for them.”

Flores-Williams stresses that his comments are not at his client or the friends and family who support him — and he doesn’t want his words to give aid and comfort to those he considers enemies.

“I run the risk in saying this stuff of coming across like some jerk-off Sean Hannity,” he notes. “The attitude of people like that disgusts me. They come out of a place of hate for the Latino people and their culture, and I come out of a place of profound love. These statements aren’t made to all of Latino culture. They ‘re made to a certain set that, through almost no choice of their own, are engaging in gang culture and gang activity. And really, at the end of the day, they’re taking all of the potential out there and sticking it in a cage — and that’s killing me inside.”

At around 4:01 pm on April 1, 2021, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, DPD officers responded to a 911 call regarding “a shooting involving a tan SUV” near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Federal Boulevard. The cops found Lara and Tafoya at a bus

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Jay Lee case: Sparse affidavit offers few new details

Jimmie “Jay” Lee, a 20-year-old University of Mississippi student, has been missing since Friday, July 8. Credits: Courtesy Oxford Police Department

Oxford police presented little on-the-record evidence other than the word of a detective to obtain a warrant to arrest Sheldon Timothy Herrington Jr., a recent Ole Miss graduate, for the first-degree murder of Jimmie “Jay” Lee, according to an affidavit obtained by Mississippi Today.

The sparse evidence in the affidavit – one of the few documents publicly available at this stage of the case – is not unusual in Mississippi, legal experts and defense attorneys say.

Since Herrington’s arrest Friday, the Oxford Police Department has not released any new details regarding probable cause or a potential motive in the case, leaving members of the public to search for answers. Police have stated in press releases that they believe Lee, a Black student who was well-known in Oxford’s LGBTQ community, was visiting someone at Molly Barr Trails, a student housing complex, on the day he was killed.

It’s unclear who Lee was visiting, and police have yet to find his body.

The Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office did not return calls on Tuesday. Kevin Horan, Herrington’s attorney and a state representative, was not available for comment. Carlos Moore, Herrington’s uncle by marriage who is also retained in the case, told WREG Herrington is innocent.

The affidavit, obtained by Mississippi Today, shows OPD detective Ryan Baker swore an oath in Lafayette County Justice Court that Herrington “did feloniously, willfully and unlawfully with deliberate design to effect the death of Jimmie Dale Lee III” on July 8. The affidavit does not describe the evidence that led Baker to this conclusion.

Baker took that oath on Friday, July 22, and Judge Mickey Avent issued the warrant that led to Herrington’s arrest that day.

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