CHARDON, Ohio (USA TODAY/WKYC) - A judge set bond at $1 million Friday for a 17-year-old accused of killing three students and seriously injuring two more in a Feb. 27 school shooting here.
T.J. Lane, whom prosecutors say has a troubled family background, pleaded not guilty in Geauga County Common Pleas Court to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.
His lawyer was granted 30 days in which Lane's plea may be amended to not guilty by reason of insanity. The case may hinge on whether Lane is determined to be sane at the time of the shootings.
Police say Lane, supposedly arrested wearing a T-shirt with the word "killer" on it, admitted firing 10 shots at a group of teens in the cafeteria at 1,100-student Chardon High School, killing Russell King Jr., 17; and Demetrius Hewlin and Daniel Parmertor, both 16. Two other students are recovering from serious wounds; a bullet grazed a sixth student.
Earlier this week, a grand jury indicted Lane on the six charges after a juvenile court judge ruled that he should be tried as an adult. Common Pleas Judge Forrest Burt ordered Lane returned to Portage-Geauga Juvenile Detention Center until June 18. Then he will be taken to Geauga County Jail.