Chardon Shooting: Change of Venue Filed
CHARDON, Ohio — Attorneys for the Chardon teen accused of fatally shooting three of his classmates and wounding two others filed a motion on Friday for a change of venue.
T.J. Lane, 17, was being held in a juvenile facility charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.
Lane plead not guilty in adult court to all of the charges and was expected to change that plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Chardon police said Lane admitted to firing the shots that killing Daniel Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King, Jr., 17, as they waited in the school cafeteria to catch a bus to a vocational school on Feb. 27.
Lane is also accused of wounding students Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak.
A sixth student, Nate Mueller, was grazed by a bullet.
If convicted, Lane faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Ohio law prevents him from getting the death penalty because of his age at the time of the alleged crimes.
The change of venue motion will not affect Lane’s next hearing, which was scheduled for Monday.