Suspect T.J. Lane was charged on Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault in connection with the shooting of five students at Chardon High School in Ohio on Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Three of the students died as a result of the shootings. Lane could be looking at life without parole if convicted, the news organization reported.
No motive has been established for the killings and prosecutor David Joyce has said that victims were randomly selected. He has also said that Lane is someone who is not well.
The charges against Lane were filed in Geauga County juvenile court and accuse the 17 year old of killing three students and wounding two others. The shootings at the Ohio school took place on Monday morning in a cafeteria at the school.
Dead are Russell King Jr., 17, Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16.
Lane briefly appeared in juvenile court on Tuesday.
This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs, prosecutor Joyce said. This is someone who's not well, and I'm sure in our court case we'll prove that to all of your desires and we'll make sure justice is done here in this county.
Joyce has indicated that he plans to charge Lane as an adult, which could lead to him spending life in prison without parole. In Ohio, minors are not eligible for the death penalty whether they are convicted as juveniles or adults, according to The AP.
Media reports are that Joyce has said that Lane admitted to taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students who were sitting at a cafeteria table on Monday.