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Defense in Chardon H.S. shooting looks to suppress family conversation
Grandparents of suspect were recorded in police interview room
by WKSU's GRANT ENGLE

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T.J. Lane's trial is scheduled for Jan. 14. He is accused of murdering three Chardon High School students last February.
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An Akron law professor says recorded comments made by the family of the suspected Chardon High School shooter will likely be used in court.

The grandparents of 18-year-old T.J. Lane had a conversation in a police interview room at the Chardon Police Department hours after their grandson was arrested last February.

Lane’s attorney filed a motion to suppress the recorded conversation from the trial scheduled for next month. He asserts the grandparents wouldn’t have said what they did if they knew they were being recorded.

J. Dean Carro is a professor at the University of Akron School of Law. He says the defense might have a difficult time arguing for the grandparents.

J. Dean Carro on the defense's argument

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“It’s very rare for the courts to accept an individual asserting the rights for third parties, and that’s a very small, very narrow exception that is going to be tested in this case.”

The motion to suppress the recordings will be Wednesday.

Lane is accused of murdering three students at Chardon High School on Feb. 27. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and faces life in prison if found guilty.

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