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 city.
Attorneys for 17-year-old T.J. Lane says Chardon, Ohio, is too grief-stricken to allow him a fair trial in Geauga County, east of Cleveland.
The defense says the shock and grief of 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 hasnt 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.
Ohio inmate’s execution established for third time
For the third time in a decade, the Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a death-row inmate convicted of killing a Cleveland man in 1986.
Inmate Gregory Lotts execution had been scheduled in 2002 and 2004, but he won last-minute stays both times based on two different arguments – that he was mentally disabled and that a prosecutor failed to reveal key evidence proving his innocence.
Both of those arguments ultimately failed, and the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday scheduled the 51-year-olds execution for March 19, 2014.
Lott was convicted of attacking and setting fire to 84-year-old John McGrath in his Cleveland home on July 15, 1986. McGrath died in the hospital eight days later.
Lott has admitted to burglarizing McGraths home twice but denied killing him.
Condition upgraded for girl, 4, hurt at State Fair
The family of a 4-year-old Michigan girl who was struck by a pickup truck at the Indiana State Fairgrounds says she has a crushed pelvis, two broken arms and internal injuries.
Madalynn Gembala of Buchanan, Mich., remained in serious condition Friday at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. She was injured Wednesday when she broke free of her mother, darted into a fair access road and was struck by the pickup. Friday was the first time the family disclosed the extent of her injuries.
A statement from the family released by the hospital says Madalynn continues to improve each day. The family also thanked the community for their support and the hospital for the care Madalynn has received.
State Fair officials have said they are reviewing safety procedures.
Chemical leak likely in Goshen evacuations
Authorities evacuated two northern Indiana buildings after workers began complaining of breathing problems caused by a strong chemical odor.
IU Health Goshen Hospital spokeswoman Melanie McDonald says 24 people were treated and released on Friday. The Goshen News reported workers at Benteler Industries, an auto parts manufacturing facility, were evacuated about 9 a.m. and again at 10:50 a.m. Workers at nearby Flair Interiors also were evacuated.
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Ramer says a truck unloading a chemical at Benteler Industries may have leaked an unknown chemical that caused the odor.