Teen Accused Of Chardon HS Shooting Pleads Guilty To Murder Charges

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Updated Tue, Feb 26, 2013 11:56 am

UPDATE 11:55 a.m. A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

T.J. Lane, 18, entered the plea Tuesday in Chardon in a deal with prosecutors. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges. As part of the agreement, prosecutors removed the death penalty specifications.

Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He was there waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it.


An attorney says a teenager accused of killing three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria a year ago plans to plead guilty.

Attorney Ian Friedman says T.J. Lane, 18, plans to plead guilty during a court hearing Tuesday morning. Friedman declined to discuss the details of the plea deal, which has been in the works for weeks.

Lane's appearance in a Geauga County courtroom comes one day before the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

Lane is charged with fatally shooting the three students and wounding three others.

A judge had ordered psychiatric testing for Lane, and attorneys for both sides wanted the testing to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

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