CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The defense for an Ohio teenager charged with killing three students and wounding three others in a high school cafeteria wants his trial moved to another county.
Attorneys for 17-year-old T.J. Lane said Friday that Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County is too grief-stricken to allow him a fair trial there. The county is east of Cleveland.
The defense says mourning and anger stemming from the shootings has pervaded the community and beyond, with memorials on every major roadway in Chardon.
Prosecutor David Joyce says the defense move is premature since jury selection hasn't started.
Lane has been charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault in the Feb. 27 shootings at Chardon High School. He could face life in prison if convicted.
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