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Judge: Suspect in Ohio school shootings competent

A judge says a 17-year-old boy charged in a deadly school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial.

Embargo: Cleveland, OH A Chardon high school shooting leaves one student dead and two in critical condition. The shooter, a minor, is in police custody.

A judge in northeast Ohio says a 17-year-old boy charged in a school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students.

The ruling Wednesday by Judge Timothy Grendell in Geauga County Juvenile Court means suspect T.J. Lane can be tried as an adult. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that also left two students seriously wounded.

Under a new state law, a child can be found competent only if he or she is able to grasp the seriousness of the charges and able to understand the proceedings.

The prosecutor has said that Lane is "not well."

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