CHARDON -- Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell notified WKYC Wednesday afternoon that there are three open estates filed with the Geauga County Probate Court concerning the juveniles who died as a result of the Chardon School shooting.
Pursuant to Ohio law, while the actual suit for wrongful death was filed in the General Division of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, any proposed settlement of a wrongful death action must be approved by the Probate Court.
The Court has received applications for approval of partial settlements of the wrongful death actions involving all three of the victim's estates.
Chardon residents Robert and Dina Parmertor and Jeannie and Russell King filed the suit in Lake County Common Pleas Court on the first anniversary of the shootings on behalf of their children, Daniel Parmertor and Russell King Jr. The administrator of Demetrius Hewlin's estate, and Chardon resident Phyllis Ferguson, Demetrius' mother, filed the suit on behalf of Demetrius.
The plaintiffs are suing Thomas M. Lane III, also known as "T.J.," his parents, Mentor-on-the-Lake residents Sarah Nolan and Thomas Lane Jr., and his legal guardians/grandparents, Munson Township residents Jack and Carole Nolan.
These applications have been filed with a motion to keep the settlement confidential and under seal. A hearing has been set for May 20.
The Court has taken these matters under consideration, pending possible further hearing and a ruling by the Probate Court.