UPDATE: Age At center of Ohio Teen School Shooting Appeal

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The age of a teen gunman in a deadly school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences.

Students are seen outside Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Feb. 27, 2012, after a shooting at the school. (CBS)

UPDATE 3/25/2014 2:40 PM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The age of a teen gunman in a deadly school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences.

T.J. Lane's defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court Wednesday. They're expected to debate whether Lane can be sentenced to life without chance of parole.

Lane received three life sentences for killing three students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He was 17 at the time of the rampage.

Lane wore a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it and gestured obscenely at his sentencing.

Prosecutors say Lane gave up his right to appeal his sentence when he voluntarily pleaded guilty. His lawyers are citing other court decisions in their appeal.

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UPDATE: 4/22/2013

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A teenager who shot and killed three students in a northeast Ohio high school cafeteria has appealed his life sentence.

The court-appointed attorney for 18-year-old T.J. Lane filed the appeal Thursday with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Warren. The brief filing also cited the decision moving his case to adult court in Chardon.

Lane was 17 at the time of the shooting rampage in February 2012. His court-appointed attorney, Michael Partlow, said Monday an appeals focus would be whether a juvenile can be sentenced to life without chance of parole.

Lane pleaded guilty in February in the shooting rampage in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

At his sentencing, Lane wore a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it and he cursed and gestured obscenely.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane entered the plea Tuesday in Chardon in a deal with prosecutors. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges.

He could face life in prison. Lane wasn't subject to the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the crimes.

Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He was there waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane entered the plea Tuesday in Chardon in a deal with prosecutors. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges. As part of the agreement, prosecutors removed the death penalty specifications.

Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He was there waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - An attorney says a teenager accused of killing three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria a year ago plans to plead guilty.

Attorney Ian Friedman says 18-year-old T.J. Lane plans to plead guilty during a court hearing Tuesday morning. Friedman declined to discuss the details of the plea deal, which has been in the works for weeks.

Lane's appearance in a Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County courtroom comes one day before the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

Lane is charged with fatally shooting the three students and wounding three others.

A judge had ordered psychiatric testing for Lane, and attorneys for both sides wanted the testing to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

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UPDATE: 02/04/2013

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio has rejected a renewed defense bid to move the aggravated murder trial of an 18-year-old charged in the high school shooting deaths of three students.

In a ruling filed last week, Judge David Fuhry in Chardon says many people having preconceived notions about the case against T.J. Lane doesn't mean an unbiased jury cannot be seated.

The judge could decide later to move the trial based on what he hears from prospective jurors in grief-stricken Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County.

Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria last February. He was at the school waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

The trial has been postponed indefinitely amid new evidence that hasn't been publicly specified.

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UPDATE: 01/28/2013

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio has outlined arrangements for the aggravated murder trial of an 18-year-old charged in the high school shooting deaths of three students.

Judge David Fuhry in Chardon says jurors must be sequestered during deliberations in the trial of T.J. Lane.

In an order filed last week, the judge also says jurors will be told Lane isn't subject to the death penalty. Lane was 17 at the time of the shootings.

Jurors won't be questioned about the issue of punishment.

The judge and attorneys plan to meet Wednesday to discuss a trial date.

Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria last February. He was at the school waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

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UPDATE: 01/01/2013

Attorneys for a teenager charged in the school shooting deaths of three students are challenging Ohio's law on insanity defense.

The move asks the trial judge in Chardon to let attorneys for 18-year-old T.J. Lane detail their arguments in a sealed filing to be kept secret.

The defense says confidentiality is necessary because it covers evidence to be presented at lane's trial scheduled Jan. 14.

The defense says confidentiality would avoid additional pretrial publicity.

A defense attorney declined to elaborate or comment on the filing.

The prosecutor didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Lane faces up to life in prison without chance of parole if convicted in the attack last Feb. 27 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

UPDATE: 12/28/2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio says jurors at a teenager's trial for a deadly school shooting will be allowed to hear taped comments by the suspect's relatives while they were in a police interrogation room.

A Geauga County judge on Thursday rejected the effort by T.J. Lane's defense to bar the conversations from his murder trial next month.

Prosecutors say there's no reasonable expectation of privacy while Lane's relatives talked among themselves in a police interview room. The suspect's relatives say they didn't know they were being recorded.

The 18-year-old Lane is charged in the shootings at Chardon High School that killed three students last February. He's being tried as an adult and filed an insanity plea.

Investigators say Lane admitted shooting at students but he didn't know why.

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UPDATE: 12/19/2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Relatives of an 18-year-old charged in a school shooting rampage that killed three Ohio students have testified they were unaware of taped surveillance of their conversations in a police interrogation room.

T.J. Lane's relatives testified Wednesday in Chardon on the defense bid to rule out the conversations as evidence at his murder trial next month.

The prosecution says relatives should have had no expectation of privacy while talking among themselves in a police interrogation room just after the shootings last February.

Investigators say Lane admitted shooting at students but couldn't say why. He faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted of the Chardon High School shootings.

The News-Herald in Willoughby says Lane waved and smiled at his grandmother in court in a rare show of emotion.

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UPDATE: 8/27/2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys for a teenager accused of fatally shooting three students and wounding three others at a northeastern Ohio high school are asking a judge to allow him to visit with mental health experts in jail.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports that T.J. Lane's attorneys have filed a motion asking that doctors be able to visit him in the Geauga County jail to help prepare his defense.

Lane was recently transferred from a juvenile facility to the adult jail because he turned 18.

Lane is being tried as an adult and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted of the shootings Feb. 27 in the Chardon High School cafeteria. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 26.

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UPDATE: 8/20/2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio is giving defense attorneys more time to complete psychological evaluations of a teenager charged with killing three students in a high school cafeteria shooting.

The judge on Monday told attorneys for 17-year-old T.J. Lane that they will have until the end of September to finish the tests and decide whether to change the teen's not guilty plea. His attorneys are considering entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity instead.

Lane has been charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault in the Feb. 27 shootings at Chardon High School. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Last week, the teen's attorneys asked a judge to move the trial because the community east of Cleveland is still grief-stricken by the shootings.

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UPDATE: 6/08/2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of three students at a high school east of Cleveland.

T.J. Lane made his first court appearance Friday since being indicted earlier in the week on three counts of aggravated murder. He's also charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.

Lane told the judge he understood the charges and pleaded not guilty to all six counts.

A judge ruled last month that Lane will be tried as an adult in the February shootings at Chardon High School that killed three students and wounded three more. No motive has been established.

Lane could face life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say he admitted shooting at a group of students in the cafeteria.

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UPDATE: 6/05/2012

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 17-year-old has been indicted in Ohio in the school shooting deaths of three students and the wounding of three others.

The indictment was returned Tuesday in Geauga County east of Cleveland against T.J. Lane.

A judge ruled last month that Lane must be tried as an adult. Lane could face life in prison if convicted.

He was indicted on three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault in the Feb. 27 attack at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

No motive has been established.

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UPDATE: 5/24/2012

He'll be tried as an adult. That's the decision by a Geauga County judge for T.J. Lane. He's the student blamed for the Chardon High School shootings.

Police say he shot and killed 3 students.

Thursday, prosecutors argued Lane should be tried as an adult, and a judge agreed.

Lane could face life in prison because minors are not eligible for the death penalty in Ohio.

A psychiatrist testified lane suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.

UPDATE: 3/05/2012

CLEVELAND (AP) - A teenager wounded in last week's Ohio school shooting that killed three students has been transferred to a rehabilitation unit.

The Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital said Monday that 17-year-old Nick Walczak was transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for intensive rehab. He was wounded in the neck, arm and back.

A second seriously wounded victim was released from the hospital last week. A third teen was nicked in the ear by a bullet.

A 17-year-old has been charged in juvenile court with aggravated murder in the attack last Monday at Chardon High School east of Cleveland.

The first funeral was held Saturday in Chardon and the others will be held Tuesday and Thursday, all at St. Mary Catholic Church.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2012 5:24 PM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says the 17-year-old suspect
in a fatal Ohio school shooting didn't know his victims and chose
them randomly.

Prosecutor David Joyce said at this afternoon's hearing in Chardon that suspect T.J. Lane admitted firing 10 shots at Chardon High School. The boy has been ordered held for at least the next 15 days.

Hospital officials confirm a third student died from Monday's shooting inside the school.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2012 11:23 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A school official says classes will fully
resume Friday in the Ohio district where a student carried out a
fatal shooting at a high school.

Chardon Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant says parents,
students and faculty will be invited to the schools for counseling
at various times before then.

The town's police chief has also confirmed an earlier statement
that a second student died after Monday's shooting at Chardon High
school east of Cleveland.

The suspected shooter is a student at a nearby high school. He
is expected for a juvenile court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

A lawyer has identified the suspect as T.J. Lane.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2012 7:35 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a student wounded in an
Ohio school shooting has been declared brain dead, the second
reported fatality.

Hugh Shannon, administrator at the Cuyahoga County Medical
Examiner's Office, says officials received the word early Tuesday
about Russell King Jr.

Shannon says the office is continuing to investigate the manner
and cause of death.

The 17-year-old King was one of five students injured when a
teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at Chardon High School Monday
morning.

UPDATE: 2/27/2012 5:45 PM

Officials say one student is dead after a shooting at Chardon High School and now local schools are stating the importance of taking threats seriously.

Sheer panic from parents of Chardon High School students, a school about 30 minutes outside of Cleveland.

One parent says, "I was terrified. I had just dropped him off at the school and not even 10 minutes later I got a text from him saying, mom, there's been a shooting at the school...I'm okay."

But not all the students made it out okay after a gunman opens fire in the cafeteria at the start of school, killing one and wounding four.

"The sad news is that I know from my people being downtown that we have one deceased student right now," Chardon Police Department, Chief Tim McKenna, says.

Students panicked as police say the gunman moved from the cafeteria to other rooms, firing as he went.

One student says, "there was a lot of running, a lot of screaming, I heard a bunch of shots fired. "

One of the wounded says he knew the student who opened fire, and that he'd been bullied. The student is identified as 17 year old, J.T. Lane. He goes to Lake Academy for at risk students.

Joe Bergant, School Superintendent of Chardon Ohio School says,
"the alleged person who did the damage is in custody and the students are being evacuated from the high school to maple elementary school"

Whether bullying had anything to do with the shooting, there are reports the student may have made threats using social media. Threats are something schools here at home watch for carefully.

Parkersburg High School Principal, Pam Goots says, "a large portion of our time is spent dealing with bullying, harrassment, threats made on twitter and facebook. The downside of social media. You can post a threat and have hundreds of people read it before school the next day."

A prayer service is scheduled for the victims of the small community that never imagined anything like this would happen to them.

"I'm just all mixed up right now, you would never think that Chardon, something like that would happen but then again anything can happen anywhere so I guess, I'm just happy that my little grandson is okay," says a relative of a student.

Two victims are listed in critical condition.

Daniel Parmentour is the student who lost his life. He's described by teachers as a very good young man. Daniel's parents also released a statement saying they are devastated by such a senseless act.

Witnesses say Daniel hid under a table in the cafeteria, trying to shield his face.
Students believe this was a targeted act, and not just a random shooting.

Stay tuned to WTAP..com for the latest updates as they become available.

UPDATE: 2/27/2012 12:06 PM

Officials confirm at a press conference, one student is dead in Chardon High School shooting.

Four others are injured after being shot.

No names have been released of the shooter, or the victims.

UPDATE: 2/27/2012 10:56 AM

The FBI believes there was only one gunman and that person is in custody.

Five students were injured when the gunman opened fire inside Chardon High School this morning. There's still no word on their conditions.


“Please join me in praying for the students who’ve been injured in this horrible crime. Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s office for quickly getting this situation under control. I’ve pledged Ohio’s full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time.” - Governor John R. Kasich


"Today's shooting is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as well as the entire student body and staff at Chardon High School." - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine


“My deepest sympathies are with the students and their families, staff and teachers of the Chardon School District and the Chardon community as they work through the tragic incident on their school campus this morning. Please keep them in your thoughts today. I appreciate the quick response to this situation by Superintendent Bergandt and law enforcement and first responders to protect the students and to quickly apprehend the persons responsible for this horrific act.” - State Superintendent Stan Heffner


UPDATE: 2/27/2012 10:30 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Officials say four students were wounded in a shooting at their high school outside Cleveland and one person is in custody.

FBI agent Scott Wilson said after Monday morning's shooting that there was one suspected shooter.

He wouldn't discuss the extent of the students' injuries.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chardon High School.


ORIGINAL POST: 2/27/2012 8:30 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Officials say students were shot at a northeastern Ohio high school and a suspect is in custody.

Civil deputy Erin Knife with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chardon High School.

Knife says she doesn't have the number of victims yet, and says a single person is suspected in the shooting.

Superintendent Joseph Bergant II tells television station WKYC that the alleged culprit is in custody.

He says he doesn't know the extent of the students' injuries.

Schools in the area are locked down.

Chardon is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.


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