CHARDON -- After a one-hour hearing in juvenile court, Judge Tim Grendell ruled T. J. Lane, 17, mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students at Chardon High School.
Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School shooting rampage that left three students dead and two seriously wounded.
Today's hearing was the first part of a two-step process to bind him over in court as an adult.
Lane faces another hearing at 9 a.m. on May 24 to determine whether he should face charges as an adult.
While Lane has been ruled competent to stand trial, he was diagnosed with a number of mental and emotional illnesses.
Dr. Phillip Resnick performed a series of evaluations of Lane, and testified that Lane suffers from psychosis, had suffered from depression in the past, had suffered from withdrawal from society, auditory hallucinations and involuntary fantasies which intrude into his mind.
Resnick was the one and only witness at today's hearing.