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Chardon High School shooting case nears trial, relatives of accused T.J. Lane testify at hearing

In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 photo, seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane is led from Juvenile Court by Sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio, after his arraignment in the shooting of five high school students Monday. Three of the five students wounded in the attacks have since died. AP Photo/Mark Duncan

T.J. Lane, 17, appears in Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, May 2, 2012.
T.J. Lane, 17, appears in Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, May 2, 2012; he will be tried as an adult.
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(CBS/AP) CHARDON, Ohio - Relatives of alleged Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane testified Wednesday they were unaware of taped surveillance of their conversations in a police interrogation room.

The testimony came during a defense bid to rule out the conversations as evidence at the murder trial for Lane, who is accused of fatally shooting three people and wounding three others in the Ohio school's cafeteria on February 27, 2012.

The prosecution says relatives should have had no expectation of privacy while talking among themselves in a police interrogation room just after the shootings.

The trial for the now 18-year-old Lane is scheduled for January.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but couldn't say why. He faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The News-Herald in Willoughby says Lane waved and smiled at his grandmother in court Wednesday in a rare show of emotion.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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