Accused Shooter to Remain in Juvenile Detention Center, Awaits Charges
At a detention hearing on Tuesday afternoon it was ruled by Judge Timothy J. Grendell that the accused Chardon High School gunman, Thomas ‘TJ’ Lane, will remain in juvenile detention due to the serious nature of the allegations that he is facing.
Lane has not yet been charged by Geauga County prosecutors with crimes related to the shootings, but according to Grendell, Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney David P. Joyce has until March 1st to file charges against Lane.
Grendell ruled that Lane be held for the next 15 days at a juvenile detention facility. Lane’s attorney Robert N. Farinacci did not argue against the ruling by Grendell.
Grendell also issued the juvenile equivalent of a gag-order with the case, a point to which both the prosecution and defense agreed.
With the expectation that charges against Lane are filed by prosecutors by March 1st, Grendel set Lane’s initial court appearance for March 6th at 3pm.
Grendell also set a date of March 19th for a possible bind-over hearing to Geuaga County’s adult court. The hearing has been set in the event that Lane is tried as an adult for the alleged murders.
The judge ordered that no pictures of Lane or his family be taken in court while his case is in the juvenile system.
Lane is accused of shooting five students in various areas of Chardon High School on Monday morning. Three of those students have died from injuries suffered in the attack.
Lane is the only individual arrested in connection with the shooting.