TJ Lane Pleads Not Guilty in 1st Adult Court Appearance
CHARDON, Ohio — Accused Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane made his first appearance in an adult courtroom Friday afternoon.
Following a formal reading of the charges in Geauga County Common Pleas Court, the 17-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges. Lane faces three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.
The defense team has said it would change its not guilty plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in the coming weeks.
Prosecutors requested that the judge set a $2.5 million cash bond. Defense attorneys, meanwhile, asked for a $500,000 bond using his grandparents’ house as collateral. The judge settled on a $1 million cash surety bond, on which the defendant is currently being held.
The judge, during the proceedings, talked directly to Lane. The defendant respectfully answered all questions.
Chardon Police say that Lane admitted killing classmates Daniel Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King Jr., 17, as they waited in the school cafeteria to catch a bus on the morning of Feb. 27.
The teen is also accused of wounding students Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak and Nate Mueller.
If convicted, Lane faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. His age at the time of the crimes, under Ohio law, prevents him from getting the death penalty.