Attorneys ask judge to throw out confession by Chardon high school shooter
Accused Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane appeared at a hearing in Geaugua County where his attorneys are asking a judge to throw out his confessions.
Lane’s attorney, Mark Devan, argued that law enforcement took advantage of his client, whom he described as a scared teenager with a mental illness, in order to obtain a confession. Devan also argued that while Lane was initially read his Miranda rights in a police cruiser at the scene, he was not read his rights at the detention center where he was interviewed.
Prosecutors say they followed standard operating procedure. Geauga County Sheriff’s deputy John Bilicik said he asked Lane at the detention center if he understood he didn’t have to talk, and that Lane can be heard on tape saying that he understood and he wanted to talk.
BILICIK: “Why did you shoot people?”
LANE: “I have no idea. I don’t really understand it myself.”
BILICIK: “How many did you shoot?”
LANE: “I don’t know. I was aiming for heads so they wouldn’t suffer.”
BILICIK: “Did someone piss you off?”
LANE: “No one pissed me off. I have no problem with people.”
Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry said he will make a decision within ten days whether the statements will be admissible.
Lane is accused of opening fire in the Chardon High School cafeteria, killing three students and wounding three others. He is now 18-years-old and will be tried as an adult. He has filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Trial is scheduled to begin January 14.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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