Ohio teen TJ Lane pleads not guilty to Chardon school shooting


A sign in front of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, where a shooting took place on Feb. 27, 2012.


David Dermer

Chardon High School shooting suspect TJ Lane pleaded not guilty Friday to killing three students and wounding three others in a cafeteria shooting rampage in February.

Lane, 17, made his first court appearance since being indicted earlier this week on three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault in the Feb. 27 attack, Cleveland TV station WOIO reported.

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A judge ruled last month that Lane be charged as an adult in the shootings, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The teen's bond was set at $1 million on Friday.

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Prosecutors have said Lane has admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the suburban Cleveland high school and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table at the start of the school day, The Associated Press reported.

Killed in the shooting were Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16.

Lane, who is not eligible for the death penalty, attended a nearby alternative school for students who hadn't done well in traditional education settings. He was at Chardon that day waiting for a bus, according to the AP.