Chardon Shooting Suspect Charged with Murder

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Geauga County prosecutors have filed three juvenile counts of aggravated murder against 17-year-old Thomas T.J. Lane, the accused gunman in Monday’s school shooting in Chardon.

Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney David Joyce announced on Thursday that, in addition to the aggravated murder charges, Lane will also face two juvenile counts of attempted aggravated murder and one juvenile count of felonious assault.

Geauga County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell set Lane’s initial court appearance on the charges for March 6 at 3 p.m.

At a press conference Tuesday, Joyce had said Lane would be tried as an adult.

Grendell also set a date of March 19 for a bind over hearing to Geauga County’s adult court. Under Ohio Law, a 16 or 17-year-old who has been charged with a serious crime, such as murder, must face trial in an adult court.

Lane will not be eligible for the death penalty; Ohio law makes it illegal to put any person under the age of 18 to death.

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