Chardon: Prosecutor wants info on TJ Lane's 'fantasies'

2:40 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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CHARDON -- Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Burling is asking Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry to order Dr. Philip Resnick to provide more information from his competency examination of accused Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane.

Specifically, he wants to know more about TJ Lane's "fantasies."

In a motion filed withn the court, Burling is asking for a production of documents from Resnick "...that were omitted, along with all other information he obtained during the evaluation, so that the state's expert can fully evaluate the defendant's mental state at the time of the act by using 'all relevant evidence.'"

Burling's motion says that, "...in the competency evaluation (Resnick) conducted in Juvenile Court, Dr. Resnick references certain fantasies the defendant would have, but then states that 'the specifics are being omitted as not directly relevant to the defendant's competency to stand trial."

Attorneys for both sides want psychiatric testing for Lane, charged with shooting three students to death at Chardon High School.

The request is intended to determine if T.J. Lane is competent to stand trial. It was filed Friday in Chardon by his attorneys with the backing of prosecutors.

As a result, Fuhry has ordered TJ Lane to be examined by the Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent, despite evidence that he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.

No trial date has been set.

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 next scheduled hearing in this case is Feb. 26.

WKYC-TV/Associated Press

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