AUDIO: How did Lane get away with "KILLER" t-shirt?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sheriff says he prepared it in secret the night before.
(Chardon) - How did T.J. Lane get away with wearing a white t-shirt with the word KILLER written on it at his sentencing Tuesday morning?
Lane arrived in the courtroom wearing a blue, button-down shirt. When he got inside, he unbuttoned the shirt and took it off. Underneath he had the offending shirt on.
On "The Mike Trivisonno Show" Tuesday afternoon, Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland said Lane likely prepared the shirt the night before. McClelland says he must have written it in his cell, and then rolled it up out of sight. He then put the shirt on Tuesday morning when he dressed in his cell.
McClelland says court rules state that the defendent by brought in in street clothes. No one knew he was wearing the shirt until he exposed it in court.
McClelland also says once Lane was in the courtroom, it was up to the judge to tell Lane to cover up, or have Lane removed.
The following statement was released by the court's bailiff on behalf of Judge David Fuhry:
The court was unaware of the shirt. The court did not notice the shirt. Had the court noticed the shirt, the court would have immediately stopped the proceedings, adjourned the court and the court would have ordered the defendant to put on proper attire.
The prosecutor noted at the end of the hearing for the court record that the t-shirt was similar to the one Lane wore the day of the shootings.
Lane made one statement to the families of the victims. He said, "The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. (Extends middle finger) F*** all of you."
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