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Accused Chardon Shooter T.J. Lane Indicted on Aggravated Murder Charges

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CHARDON, Ohio – The teen accused of killing three Chardon High School students has been indicted on numerous counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault.

Officials at the Geauga County Clerk of Courts confirm to Fox 8 News that T.J. Lane was indicted on the charges late Monday.

Lane, 17, is accused of killing classmates Daniel Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King, Jr., 17, at Chardon High School on February 27. He is also accused of wounding students Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak.

If convicted, Lane faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. Lane cannot face the death penalty in Ohio due to his age at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

Less than two weeks earlier it was ordered by Geauga County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Grendell that Lane be charged as an adult for the alleged crimes.

Earlier in May, Lane was determined competent to stand trial.

At a May 2, 2012 hearing, Dr. Phillip Resnick, a psychologist and professor at Case Western Reserve University, testified about a competency evaluation he performed on Lane.

“In my professional opinion, Lane suffers from a mental disease, but that does not interfere with his competency to understand the trial,” said Dr. Resnick.

Dr. Resnick testified that Lane suffers from psychosis, auditory hallucinations, and involuntary fantasies.

He also stated that Lane suffered from migraines, deep depression, and at times, was in an altered mental state during their six and one-fourth hour interview on April 2.