Ohio School Shooting

Defense attorneys ask court to throw out confession of Ohio high school shooter

Defense attorneys for accused Chardon high school shooter filed two motions Monday with the Geauga County Common Pleas court to throw out an alleged confession as well as recorded conversations with family members.

T.J. Lane, 17, does not dispute that he was read his Miranda rights by officers on the drive from the high school to the police station, or that he was reminded of his rights during an alleged confession. However, the Defense is now arguing that one reading of his Miranda rights was not sufficient for a 17-year-old in a highly volatile situation.

During the over four hour interrogation following Lane’s arrest he repeatedly told officers that he heard voices and felt compelled to shoot people, according to court records.

The defense is also asking the court to throw out recordings of conversations and cell phone calls between family members made in a waiting room at the Chardon Police Department. They are claiming violations of the wiretap statutes and federal communications laws because the family members did not know they were being recorded.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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