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TJ Lane Declared Competent to Stand Trial

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CHARDON, Ohio — Suspected shooter T.J. Lane was declared competent to stand trial Wednesday in Geauga County Juvenile Court.

According to state law, a child may be found competent to stand trial if he or she is able to understand court proceedings and the seriousness of the charges against them.

A competency evaluation was performed by Dr. Phillip Resnick, a psychologist and professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Resnick took the stand Wednesday to testify under oath to his findings.

“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.

However, Dr. Resnick said that none of the symptoms detailed in Lane’s mental evaluation would prevent him from understanding the case against him.

Geauga County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell agreed and ruled that Lane is competent to stand trial.

Lane’s next court appearance is May 24 for a probable cause and bind over hearing.

That hearing will determine whether Lane can be charged as an adult.

Lane 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 two others.