Ohio High School shooter pleads insanity
Defense attorneys for accused Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane officially filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in Ohio today. Lane is accused of opening fire in the school’s cafeteria, killing three students and wounding three others.
Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry had set an October 1 deadline for filing an insanity plea.
In order to establish an insanity defense in Ohio Lane’s lawyers will have to show that at the time he committed the crime he did not know his actions were wrong because of severe mental disease or defect. Lane’s attorney, Mark DeVan, has previously stated that Lane suffered from severe migraines and hallucinations.
Defense attorneys also asked for more time to gather Lane’s mental health records and to have him evaluated by experts. This delay could push back the November 12 trial date.
Lane is charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felony assault.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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