With a deadline approaching, Geauga County Prosecutors today filed six charges in Geauga County Juvenile Court against Thomas "T.J." Lane, the 17-year old accused of Monday's shooting spree at the Chardon High School cafeteria that left three dead and two seriously wounded.
Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney David Joyce announced Lane would face the juvenile equivalent of three counts of aggravated murder for the slayings of Daniel Parmertor, 16; Demetrius Hewlin, also 16; and Russell King, 17.
Lane also faces two counts of attempted aggravated murder for wounding two others. Nick Walczak, 17, remains at Hillcrest Hospital. His mother Holly told reporters Thursday morning her son is showing signs of slow recovery but still doesn't have feeling in his legs because of spinal trauma after being shot three times. Lane also faces a charge of felonious assault for the injury suffered by student Nate Mueller, 17, who's ear was nicked by a bullet.
Prosecutors say Lane admitted to firing 10 rounds in the cafeteria with a .22 caliber pistol; they say he told them the shooting order was at random and he did not target any particular students. Lane remains in custody at the joint Juvenile Detention Center used by Geauga and Portage County.
A hearing is scheduled March 19th before Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Timothy Grendell to determine whether the case will move to Common Pleas Court and Lane will be tried on the charges as an adult.
The first court appearance by alleged Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane was largely procedural today.
Lane responded he was aware of his rights.
Geauga County Juvenile Court and Probate Court Judge Tim Grendell (left, photo credit Ohio Supreme Court) ordered Lane to be held in custody even as prosecutors haven't filed formal charges against him. That's expected to come before March 1, and Grendell scheduled a hearing on March 6 for a juvenile court version of an arraignment.
Grendell set March 19 for a likely hearing on an expected motion to try Lane as an adult, once charges are filed. Those charges are likely to include aggravated murder or murder charges, as well as potential attempted murder or felonious assault.
Three fellow students were killed in the shootings in the Chardon High School cafeteria; two others remain in the hospital.
Grendell asked the media to be responsible in their reporting, and said he would rule later on requests to open Lane's juvenile records to the public. Grendell also imposed a media gag order on both prosecution and defense lawyers.
None of the orders from Grendell came as a surprise.
Tonight, CBS News broadcast a hearbreaking interview with the family of victim 16-year old Daniel Parmertor, who died hours after the attack on Monday. Also killed in the shooting were Russell King, 17, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16. Two others were wounded in the attack; Joy Rickers, 18, was released today from Hillcrest Hospital. That's the same hospital where Nick Walczak, 17, remains tonight.
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