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Attorneys for Lanes in court today

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Defense wants to read grand jury transcripts

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Attorneys representing two men charged with the 1997 slaying of a Tell City woman will be in court today for hearings.

Thomas Eugene Lane, 36, of 7076 Alamo Road, Tell City, and his cousin, Thomas Daniel Lane, 37, of 303 Washington St., Gentryville, have been held without bail since their April 15 arrests. Each faces charges of murder and attempted rape in the death of 21-year-old Deborah Mills Cioe.

Thomas E. Lane is being represented by Michael Hagedorn, who recently petitioned the court for transcripts of grand-jury proceedings held April 13-15 that led to indictments against the two men.

He is also seeking permission to interview grand-jury members. The court has set a 1 p.m. hearing today.

Evansville attorneys John Goodridge and Matthew Lutz are representing Thomas D. Lane. They will be in court at 8 a.m. this morning.

Judge Lucy Goffinet has set preliminary trial dates for both men. Thomas D. Lane is scheduled for trial Nov. 16 while Thomas D. Lane has a Sept. 21 trial date.

Either side could request a continuance that would delay trial proceedings. Goffinet has set aside two weeks for each of the trials.