Probable Cause Hearing Set for Chardon Shooting Suspect


File: Thomas ‘T.J.’ Lane, the Chardon High School shooting suspect, sits in court.

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CHARDON, Ohio --  Thomas 'T.J.' Lane, who is accused of shooting five students at Chardon High School, three of whom died, appeared in Geauga County Juvenile Court Tuesday.

Lane was charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.

He allegedly opened fire inside Chardon High School on Feb. 27.

Waiting for Lane in the courtroom were family members of one of Lane’s victims.

The teen made no eye contact with them as they watched the proceedings from the jury box, nor did he acknowledge his own grandparents as they sat at the defense table just a few feet away.

Two attorneys have been added to Lane’s defense team.

Theresa Tolson and Mark Lavelle are former prosecutors from Mahoning County.

Both claim extensive experience in criminal defense, both at the juvenile and adult levels.

Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce has stated he intends to try Lane as an adult.

A bind-over hearing to consider probable cause to move Lane to adult court has been moved to give his new lawyers time to prepare.

That hearing will be held on April 3.

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