There wasn't much argument today in Geauga County Juvenile Court on whether T.J. Lane would be tried as an adult for the shootings at Chardon High School which left three dead and two injured.
The only question was how long the hearings before Judge Timothy Grendell would take, as prosecutors moved to have the 17-year old student face murder charges as an adult. Grendell had earlier ruled Lane was competent to stand trial. A psychiatrist has testified Lane suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.
Even with the trial as an adult, Lane cannot face the death penalty since he was a minor at the time of the crime. Unlike the day of the shooting when he wore a black tee-shirt with the word "Killer" on it, Lane appeared in court today wearing a light blue button-down shirt. He remains in custody without bond.
Lane was bound over to Geauga County Common Pleas Court on three charges of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder. Lane's lawyer told the court his client admitted to the shootings, but didn't have a reason why he walked into school the morning of February 27th and opened fire on fellow students in the cafeteria of Chardon High School.
During the hearing this morning, reporters first learned there were dozens of cameras in operation at the school and the shooting itself was caught on video that prosecutors deemed "disturbing" and "graphic" and potentially prejudicial, according to WEWS NewsChannel 5. Media covering today's hearing were not permitted to view the footage.
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