CHARDON, Ohio, April 9 (Reuters) - A teenager who confessed to a shooting rampage that killed three students at a small-town Ohio high school in February must face a hearing on May 2 into his competency to face trial, a judge said on Monday.
T.J. Lane, 17, has been charged as a juvenile in the Feb. 27 attack in the Chardon High School cafeteria, the deadliest shooting at a U.S. elementary or high school since a gunman killed five girls and wounded six in 2006 at an Amish school in Pennsylvania.
Under Ohio law, Lane faces a mandatory transfer to adult court because of his age and the seriousness of the charges against him for the shooting 35 miles (56 km) east of Cleveland.
On Monday, Judge Timothy Grendell scheduled a hearing for May 12 to determine if Lane should be tried as an adult, as well as the competency hearing on May 2.
The court received a competency report under seal on April 4 from Dr. Phil Resnick, director of forensic psychiatry at University Hospital Case Medical Center, Grendell said. Defense attorneys are allowed to request another report.
Grendell has placed a gag order on the case restricting comments by defense attorneys and prosecutors. (Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by David Bailey and Peter Cooney)
Posted on Tuesday, 10 April
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