Thomas “T.J.” Lane, the suspect in the Chardon High School shooting case, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. He faces three counts of murder in a shooting spree that left three students dead and two others injured.
Prosecutor David Joyce refuted claims the victims were targeted.
“He chose his victims at random,” he said.
Joyce described the 17-year-old student as “someone who’s not well” and denied the violence were due to him being bullied.
“This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs,” Joyce said. “This is someone who’s not well, and I’m sure in our court case we’ll prove that to all of your desires and we’ll make sure justice is done here in this county.”
The judge ordered Lane to remain in detention for the next 15 days due to the severity of the case. The judge said the prosecution has until March 1 to file formal charges against Lane.
The prosecution is expected to charge Lane with three counts of murder by Thursday.
Joyce said the suspect admitted to taking a .22-caliber pistol to school and firing it 10 times at a group of students in the school cafeteria.
Joyce wouldn’t elaborate on Lane’s mental condition due to a gag ordered issued by the judge.
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