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Ohio School Shooting Suspect Charged As Juvenile

March 01, 2012  | 

Seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane has been charged with three juvenile counts of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of three Chardon High School students.

Lane allegedly brought a .22-caliber handgun to school Monday morning and opened fire on several students, killing Danny Parmertor, 16; Russell King Jr., 17; and Demetrius Hewlin, 16. Hewlin's mother, Phyllis Ferguson, said she forgives Lane for killing her son during an interview on ABC's Good Morning America.

Nickolas Walczak, 17, was laft partially paralyzed after being shot in the neck, back, and cheek. Joy Rickers, 18, has been released from the hospital.

In the days following the shooting, a portrait of Lane began to emerge. Deputies had been to Lane's house in Munson Township plenty of times in the past two years but mostly not for trouble caused by Lane. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has that story here.


Comments (10)

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Bill @ 3/1/2012 6:17 PM

When it goes to trial I guarantee you he'll be tried as an ADULT.

BW @ 3/1/2012 6:36 PM

That article in the Cleveland is just ripe with bias. For shame on them printing such a piss-poor article.

RJ @ 3/1/2012 6:45 PM

This whole incident is very tragic. I cant understand why he is not being charged as an adult. As a parent and a police officer, I would be outraged if my child was involved. So he will plead guilty, do only a few years in juv jail, then be released.

Lee @ 3/1/2012 7:54 PM

Disgusting....

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/2/2012 12:57 AM

Actually, he hadn't been charged yet at the time of this article so your report is wrong. Under Ohio Law he will automatically be tried for a capitol offense as an adult with firearms specifications but I suspect he was "held" as a juvenile. Also they were waiting to on victims conditions to stabilize. Now that three victims have died and the fourth victim is out of the hospital the formal charges will proceed. I suspect the defense will try for an insanity plea and we will see where that goes too.

FireCop @ 3/2/2012 6:00 AM

Ohio law requires that he be charged as a minor but when they go to court the law allows them to change to adult status, which they will do.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 3/2/2012 8:17 AM

Hey, he's just a misunderstood 'child'. Didn't get his Nintendo.

JR @ 3/2/2012 10:58 AM

This is just an example of how messed up the justice sytem is in this county. He had an intent to go to that school with a loaded gun to kill. Not having someone picked out or not he still was going to kill. He is 17 years old! He knew what he was doing and wanted to do......ADULT

Juan @ 3/2/2012 11:35 AM

I concur with JR!

cjmowry @ 3/3/2012 5:35 PM

I believe that the other kids that he text and said he was going to bring a gun to school should also be charged. They could have at least told someone and this may not have happened.

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