Charges filed against teen in Chardon High School shooting

7:31 PM, Mar 1, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON, Ohio -- The Geauga County Prosecutor has filed charges against T.J. Lane, the teenager in custody in connection with the Chardon High School shootings.

The charges were filed at 3:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutor David Joyce tells WKYC's Dave Summers the following charges were filed against Lane: 3 counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, 1 count of felonious assault.

The charges filed today are juvenile charges. A hearing will be held later this month to determine if Lane will be tried as an adult.

The juvenile counts of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder would mean only a few years in detention if Lane is convicted. ButProsecutor Joyce has already said he plans to try the boy as an adult. That could mean life in prison if he is found guilty. 

Lane is being held in a juvenile detention facility.

A judge set a deadline of Thursday for prosecutors to file the charges.

Deputies took him into custody a short time after the shootings Monday at Chardon High School. An assistant football coach helped Chase Lane from the building.

Three students died in the shootings.  Two others were seriously hurt.  A sixth student had his ear grazed by a bullet.


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