T.J. Lane, Chardon High School Shooting Suspect, Ruled Competent


T.J. Lane, right, talks with his attorney Ian Friedman at Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

CHARDON, Ohio -- The teenager charged in a deadly Ohio school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Timothy Grendell in Geauga County Juvenile Court heard from the prosecution and a lawyer for 17-year-old T.J. Lane before making his decision. The consideration of the mental competency issue delayed a hearing on whether Lane would be tried as an adult.

Lane was charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that also left two students seriously wounded. Police said he opened fire in the cafeteria in the school east of Cleveland, though the motive was unclear.

The charges filed against him include three counts of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder.

Under a new state law, a child can be found competent only if he or she is able to grasp the seriousness of the charges and able to understand the proceedings. The law says a child with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability may not be found competent.

Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce has said that Lane is "not well" but did not elaborate.

The judge ordered a mental competency exam for Lane about a month after the shooting without offering further explanation.


Umm how come he wasn't charged as an adult?

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Ohio school shooter, wearing 'KILLER' T-shirt, sentenced to life in prison

An Ohio judge has sentenced T.J. Lane, the Ohio teen charged with shooting three students to death and wounding three others last February, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Lane showed up to his sentencing wearing a white T-shirt with the word "KILLER" in capital letters scrawled on it -- the same word police say he had emblazoned on his shirt the day of the shootings at Chardon High School.
Lane, 18, pleaded guilty last month to all charges against him in the Feb. 27, 2012, shootings, in which he opened fire on a cafeteria table full of students in the rural community of Chardon.
In a brief statement during his sentencing on Tuesday, Lane flipped his middle finger at people in the courtroom, which included family members of his victims, reported NBC affiliate WKYC.com. He revealed his "KILLER" T-shirt to the court once he was inside, taking off a blue button-down he had worn on the way in, the station reported.
Three students -- Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Russell King Jr., 17; and Daniel Parmertor, 16 -- were killed last February. Nate Mueller and Joy Rickers were wounded, as was Nick Walczak, who is paralyzed from the waist down, according to Reuters.
Lane has not given a motive for the shootings, which rocked the tiny town 30 miles outside Cleveland.
Geauga County Judge David Fuhry sentenced Lane to three life sentences without eligibility for parole for three counts of murder, plus 8 years for a fourth count of attempted aggravated murder, 6 years for a fifth count of attempted aggravated murder, and 6 years for a sixth count of felonious assault.
In handing him the sentences, Fuhry said Lane lacked remorse for the killings, which he planned on his own. Fuhry called the shootings a "merciless rampage," according to WKYC.com.
The families of the boys who died in the shooting have attended every one of Lane’s court hearings, The Plain Dealer said. Other victims' family members also attended Tuesday's sentencing, and read statements to the court ahead of Lane's sentencing.
"Because of you, our quiet little town will never be the same. Why? Why did you do it? Why?" Holly Walczak, mother of paralyzed victim Nick Walczak, said in court on Tuesday. Lane smiled as she read her statement, The Plain Dealer reported.
Lane lived with his grandparents and attended an alternative school for students who haven't succeeded in traditional schools. He was waiting for the bus to his school from Chardon High when he began shooting from a .22-caliber semiautomatic Ruger handgun last February, according to police reports.

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Deliver him straight to the Sisters.

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I doubt this kid will be around general population with the way things are because it's a big media case. So the much deserved ass rapings and stabbings and beatings won't ever happen. However I predict a suicide in his near future.