Chardon -- Two pre-trial hearings for T.J. Lane -- the Chardon High School student charged with shooting and killing three fellow students in February -- have been postponed in the case. And in a rather strange twist, Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce has assured families of the victims that an anonymous donor in Los Angeles will not be able to free Lane by posting the $1 million bond.
After meeting with prosecutors and defense attorneys this week, Judge David L. Fuhry imposed restrictions on Lane's bond. In an email to families of the victims, Joyce wrote "if the defendant were to have the bond made allowing his release he is only allowed to go to a lock down (jail like) mental hospital for treatment at his own expense." Lane, 17, is currently being held at a juvenile detention facility.
Other bond restrictions make Lane go back to the juvenile detention center if mental health treatment is no longer necessary. And all transportation between the juvenile detention facility and a mental hospital will be handled by the Geauga County Sheriff's department. "The defendant will never be allowed to be free from custody," Joyce wrote.
The restrictions were made after defense attorneys informed Judge Fuhry that they had been contacted about bond in the Lane case by a Los Angeles law firm acting on behalf of an anonymous client. Some have speculated that a film deal might be in the works for Lane, but the defense attorneys did not disclose any details to the judge when discussing the matter this week.
Joyce ended his email with a promise to the victims' families: "Our objective since day one is to bring justice to you all and keep the defendant where he belongs ... in prison."
The pre-trial hearings in June and July that were postponed will be rescheduled at a later date.