Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Will accused Chardon High shooter be tried as an adult?

T.J. Lane, the teen charged in an Ohio high school shooting that left three students dead and two injured had his hearing in court, but it's postponed as the judge decides whether Lane will be tried as an adult. The judge said the 17 year old will likely be tried as an adult, according to a Tuesday report by Associated Press. 

Juvenile Judge Tim Grendell postponed the hearing from March 19 until April 3 because two new attorneys have joined the defense team. Lane did not enter a plea to the three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault he's facing. 

Prosecutor David Joyce said Lane has admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High School in northeast Ohio on Feb. 27 and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table. Joyce expects the case to be moved to adult court, where Lane could face life in prison if he's convicted (Ohio law prohibits minors from facing the death penalty if convicted).

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