Attorneys for T.J. Lane asked a judge to move his trial from the grief-stricken community around Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. They argued a locally selected jury could be biased against Lane.
Prosecutors contended such conclusions were premature.
The News-Herald in Willoughby reports a court has deferred the request for a change of venue. Court officials said Tuesday a Geauga County judge determined the court first must try to seat an unbiased jury but could later move the trial if needed.
The decision came just ahead of Lane’s 18th birthday Wednesday.