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Jury indicts suspect T.J. Lane in Chardon High School shootings

 

An Ohio grand jury has indicted T.J. Lane in the Chardon High School shooting spree that left three students dead and three wounded, NBC station WKYC reported Tuesday.

The Geauga County panel returned indictments against Lane, 17, on six counts, including three of aggravated murder, two of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.


Lane previously was charged in juvenile court but a May 24 hearing determined that he would face trial as an adult in connection with the Feb. 27 shootings.

Lane is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on Friday. He remains in custody after the juvenile court judge rejected a $500,000 bail request.

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T.J. Lane at a May 24 court hearing in Chardon, Ohio.

If convicted, Lane could get life in prison without parole, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper reported on its website.

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Had Lane’s case been routed to juvenile court, the maximum possible penalty would have kept him jailed until he turns 21.

Police say Lane has admitted that while wearing a T-shirt with the word “Killer” on it he fired on students at a cafeteria table. Lane’s motive remains unclear, authorities said.

Lane lived with his grandparents and attended an alternative school for students who haven't done well in traditional schools; he was bused there from Chardon High.

A police report obtained by the Plain Dealer shows that Lane admitted to firing 10 shots from a .22-caliber semiautomatic Ruger handgun. Three shots killed Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Russell King Jr., 17; and Daniel Parmertor, 16. Two other students shot include Joy Rickers, who was released from the hospital, and Nick Walczak, who is undergoing rehabilitation for his wounds, the Plain Dealer said. A sixth student, Nate Mueller, was grazed on the ear by a bullet, the newspaper said.

Chardon High School student Jonathan Sylak talks to msnbc's Thomas Roberts about the terror at his school as a fellow student starting shooting in the cafeteria, killing two teens and injuring three others. Sylak says the shooter, T.J. Lane, had seemed like a "very docile" guy.

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