Ohio judge defers motion for a change of venue for accused Chardon High School shooter
Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry deferred the defense’s motion for a change of venue in the case of accused Ohio high school shooter Thomas (T.J.) Lane.
The defense wrote in its motion that Lane would not be able to receive a fair trial with a jury selected from the Chardon community because of extensive pre-trial publicity. Judge Fuhry determined that the court must first attempt to seat a jury, and if an unbiased jury cannot be assembled, the motion for a change of venue can still be granted.
Lane is being held at the Portage County detention center on a $1 million cash, or surety bond, and is scheduled for transfer to the Geauga County Safety Center on Monday.
Lane is accused of entering the Chardon High School school cafeteria on February 27 and shooting six students, fatally wounding three of the victims and paralyzing a fourth victim from the waist down.
He faces three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault, as well as six firearm specifications.
Lane, who turns 18 years old Wednesday, is being tried as an adult and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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