The court battle over the Chardon Healing Fund is far from over, but Thursday brought a partial victory for the victims' families.
CHARDON, Ohio - A new hearing date is now set for accused Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane, who was in a Geauga County Courtroom Monday morning where he is facing three murder charges.
His lawyers asked for more time to come up with a defense. They told Judge David Fuhry they plan to file a not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Judge Fuhry gave them a drop dead date of September 30.
"They will have to show that he didn't know what he was doing was either right or wrong," said NewsChannel5 legal analyst Tim Miller. "They will have to show that [Lane] didn't know that shooting these other students was wrong."
Lane's attorneys said they need to do a MRI and have him examined by a neuropsychologist in order to prepare a proper defense. Also mentioned was whether Lane is suffering from migraines or visual and auditory hallucinations. Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce said there are no records of Lane suffering from these aliments prior to this year.
Lane is accused of walking into the Chardon High School cafeteria on February 27 with a gun, killing three people and injuring three others. Some residents feel a not guilty plea by reason of insanity is not appropriate.
"He knew what he was doing from the start," said Bill Fisher who graduated Chardon High School in 1979. "He brought the gun to school," he continued.
"He showed no expression," said Danielle Smith, of Chardon, who was commenting on interviews she heard students give about the day of the shooting. "Who is in their right mind doing something like that."
Although potential trial dates were mentioned, none were set in stone.
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