Judge denies TJ Lane's motion to suppress statements

2:34 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON --  A judge has ruled that statements made by T.J. Lane to law enforcement officers will be admitted during his upcoming trial.

In a hearing held last week, the defense team had argued the statements should be excluded because Lane was not properly advised of his Miranda rights.

Prosecutors argued that a deputy had read Lane his Miranda rights when he was taken into custody following the February 27 shootings at Chardon High School.

It was during the cruiser ride to the Geauga County Safety Center that Lane reportedly told the deputy that he had "shot people."

Deputies continued to interview Lane for more than five hours at the Safety Center.  Prosecutors further argued that during that interview he was reminded of his Miranda rights.

In making his decision, Judge David Fuhry determined that Lane voluntarily waived his Miranda rights.

The judge wrote: "He was fully aware of the fact that he was making such a waiver and of the consequences of such a waiver.  The awareness continued throughout the entire interrogation."  As a result the judge denied the motion and will allow all statemenst made at the Geauga County Safety Center to be used at trial.

Lane, 18,  is charged in the shootings that left three students dead and three others injured.  He is being tried as an adult and faces a maximum life sentence without parole if convicted.  He has filed an insanity plea.

The trial is scheduled to begin on January 14.

Judge's ruling: http://www.wkyc.com/assetpool/documents/121211094628_Lane_Motion_Denied.pdf

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