Judge Denies Block on Lane’s Comments


T.J. Lane

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Statements made by T.J. Lane to Chardon police officers after a shooting at the high school last February will not be blocked from court, a Geauga County Court judge has ruled.

Lane, who was 17 at the time, can be heard on a recording telling an officer that he "shot people."

Defense lawyers earlier filed a motion to suppress the comments, saying Lane wasn't properly read his Miranda rights.

At a hearing last week, prosecutors argued that officers and detectives asked Lane several times if he understood his rights, to which he responded that he did.

After listening to both sides, Judge David Fuhry ruled in favor of the prosecution.

Below is a portion of his ruling:

"In considering the totality of the circumstances the Court finds that the Defendant voluntarily waived his Miranda rights. He was fully aware of the fact that he was making such a waiver and of the consequences of such a waiver. That awareness continued throughout the entire interrogation. No statements made during the interrogation at the Geauga County Safety Center on February 27, 2012 are suppressed. The Motion to Suppress is denied."

Lane, 18, stands accused of fatally shooting classmates Daniel Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King, Jr., 17, and injuring three others at Chardon High School on Feb. 27.

His trial starts on January 14, 2013.

*For additional coverage on the Chardon High School shooting, click HERE.

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