T.J. Lane trial date postponed for more psychiatric testing
The trial for Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane has reportedly been postponed from November 26, 2012, to January 14, 2013, to allow Lane’s defense team to “conduct further tests” according to his attorney Ian Friedman.
Lane’s defense team asked for an extension last week, and on Monday Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry granted the request.
Earlier this month Lane’s defense team filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, where they will have to prove that the 17-year-old did not know his actions were wrong because of severe mental disease or defects. Lane has a history of auditory and visual hallucinations as well as severe migraines.
The expert that requires more time to analyze Lane, neuropsychologist John Fabian, is expected to testify in Lane’s trial.
Lane is accused of bringing guns into his high school cafeteria and shooting several classmates on February 27, killing three and wounding three others.
He is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. He is being tried as an adult. The defense team will likely argue an insanity defense, and they have asked for more time to have Lane analyzed by medical and psychiatric experts.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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