Defense in Chardon High School shootings challenges law

CHARDON, Ohio - Attorneys for a teenager charged in the school shooting deaths of three students in Chardon are challenging Ohio's law on insanity defense.

The move was mentioned briefly in a motion filed Monday asking the trial judge in Chardon to let attorneys for 18-year-old T.J. Lane detail their arguments in a sealed filing to be kept secret.

The defense says confidentiality is necessary because it covers evidence to be presented at Lane's trial scheduled Jan. 14. The defense says confidentiality would avoid additional pretrial publicity.

Lane faces up to life in prison without chance of parole if convicted in the attack last Feb. 27 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

There was no immediate elaboration from the defense or comment from prosecutors. Messages seeking comment were emailed to both sides.

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