For the first time after the horrific shootings that rocked Chardon High School and left three dead, accused shooter Timothy “TJ” Lane spoke during an initial court hearing on Tuesday.
“You understand you have the right to remain silent. Do you understand that?” asked presiding Judge Timothy J. Grendell of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas.
“Yes, I do,” Lane answered, as only the voice of the young man whom the world has come to know more about via his Facebook postings was heard, while his face wasn’t allowed to be filmed after the judge gave further instructions to the media.
“The media is instructed not to take facial photographs of TJ Lane nor his family members,” Judge Grendell stated, further explaining that “photographs not showing their facial features are permitted.”
Prosecutor David Joyce and Attorney Robert M. Farinacci were present during the live and streaming video broadcast on local station NewsNet5 of the detention hearing, which confirmed Lane’s birthdate as September 19, 1994, and stated that Lane is indeed a resident of Geuaga County, Ohio – contrary to the “Broken Arrow, OK” location this reporter witnessed on Lane’s Facebook page prior to its deletion on Monday.
Judge Grendell cited juvenile rule 7a in explaining that TJ Lane – at times referenced as “TL” during the hearing – should remain in detention due to the serious nature of the charges and to protect the community from further harm and the juvenile from himself.
TJ Lane’s face “twitched lightly while the prosecutor recounted the attack, and he sniffled and half-closed his eyes as he walked out of the room with deputies,” wrote the Associated Press.
As for the upcoming court dates, the prosecution has not yet charged TJ yet, but has until 4:45 p.m. ET on March 1, 2012 to formally charge the juvenile.
The initial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 3 p.m.
A tentative date of March 19, 2012 commencing at 9 a.m. was left open for a bind over hearing, should there be a filing of motion for transfer to the adult court.
The judge also stated that there were media requests for any juvenile records for TJ, as well as at least one of the victims — and the court has set a hearing date for February 29, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. to hear any media representatives’ requests for release of the records, whose release has been objected to.
Judge Grendell instructed the media to file any necessary motions and come prepared and/or represented with reasons why the records should be released – juvenile records that the judge would not admit nor deny the existence thereof.