Chardon: T.J. Lane attorneys ask to move trial from county

2:47 PM, Aug 17, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON -- Attorneys for suspected Chardon High School gunman T.J. Lane are asking the court to move the trial out of Geauga County.

Attorneys Mark DeVan and Ian Friedman say they want Geauga County Judge David L. Fuhry to hold a hearing to hear their arguments for the change of venue.

DeVan and Friedman say "...the defendant will be unable to obtain a fair and impartial jury as a result of extensive and prejudicial media coverage and because of heightened community emotions as a result of the events which form the basis of the charges..."

"Any jury selected from Geauga County will necessarily have been exposed to this media onslaught."

Lane is accused of shooting six Chardon High School students -- three of them died -- on Feb. 27 with a .22-caliber pistol. Lane was arrested and charged on June 5 with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of felonious assault.

Lane's attorneys say that there "...are 1,200 memorials to the slain Chardon High School students within a five-mile radius of the Geauga County Courthouse."

The attorneys also gave examples of local and national news outlets showing the "...emotionally-charged media coverage of these events."

They also cite the "One Hearbeat" campaign, a move to show support for the victims and their families.

"When the community population is relatively small, and when the entire population is of a 'One Heartbeat' mindset, a jury pool from that community is too likely ro be inundated with candidates who have been saturated with pretrial publicity and emotion," the filing reads.



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