Chardon: Hearing for new TJ Lane trial date set

1:02 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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CHARDON -- Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fuhry has set 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26 for a hearing to set a new trial date for suspected Chardon school shooter TJ Lane.

That is one day before the anniversary of the Feb. 27 shootings at Chardon High School that took the lives of three students and wounded three others.

Lane, then 17, was originally scheduled for trial on Nov. 26, 2012, but that date was continued to Jan. 14.

Fuhry also previously denied earlier change of venue requests by defense attorneys.

He says he could decide later to allow a change of venue if a jury can't be seated.

Voir dire for jury selection was originally set to begin today (Feb. 4) but Fuhry cancelled that.

"Voir dire" is a process by which prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and potential biases before being chosen to sit on a jury.

Fuhry said he thinks an impartial jury can be seated in Chardon and wanted to voir dire the jury before he would even reconsider his previous denial of a change of venue in the case.

Chardon police say Lane entered the cafeteria and opened fire, killing Russell King, Jr., 17, Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16 and wounding Nick Walczak, 17, Joy Rickers, 18 and grazing the ear with a bullet of a sixth person.

Lane faces life in prison if convicted of the multiple counts of aggravated murder because he was 17 when the shootings occured.

He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.


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