By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northeast Ohio said Wednesday that a 17-year-old boy charged in a school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students.

The ruling by Judge Timothy Grendell in Geauga County Juvenile Court means suspect T.J. Lane can be tried as an adult. The teen 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 the youth is “not well.”

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