UPDATE: Oklahoma Teens Charged In 'Boredom' Killing

By: Associated Press / ABC News Email
By: Associated Press / ABC News Email

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August, 20, 2013

Two Oklahoma teenagers accused of killing an Australian baseball player as he jogged are automatically being charged as adults.

Prosecutors charged 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna with first-degree murder on Tuesday. Police say the two killed 22-year-old Christopher Lane on Friday to overcome boredom. Under Oklahoma law, anyone who is 15 or older and facing a first-degree murder charge is automatically tried in adult court.

Also Tuesday, 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones was charged with being an accessory after the fact and with using a vehicle during the discharge of weapon. Jones is charged as a youthful offender but will still have his case heard in adult court.

No bond was set for the younger boys. Bond was set at $1 million for Jones.


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The parents of an Australian baseball player who was shot to death in Oklahoma say their son had recently returned to the United States after a visit home.

Christopher Lane was shot to death last week in Duncan and three teenagers are in police custody.

Lane's mother, Donna Lane, told Australian broadcast media that she said goodbye to her son last week at the airport as he left Australia to return to the U.S.

Australia's Herald Sun newspaper says Lane's former team, Essendon Baseball Club, planned to honor Lane at its game this weekend against the University of Melbourne. The newspaper says roses and a baseball were placed on the club's home plate with the message, "A wonderful young man taken too soon. Why?"

Source: Associated Press


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Monday, August 19, 2013

As the family of an Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma mourns his death, police said today that the athlete was targeted by three teenagers who simply "wanted to see someone die."

The suspects followed Chris Lane, 22, as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla., Friday afternoon, shot him in the back and left him to die on the side of the road, said Duncan police Chief Danny Ford.

"They were bored and just wanted to see somebody die," Ford told ABCNews.com.

Lane, who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., and was in town visiting his girlfriend, died shortly after he arrived at the hospital, Ford said.

While no one witnessed the shooting, Ford said several people heard a gunshot and reported seeing a black car speeding away from the area of the shooting.

Authorities used surveillance video from local businesses, Ford said, and noticed a black vehicle had pulled behind a hotel for 11 minutes after the shooting before driving away.

A frantic three hours passed, Ford said, without any sign of the vehicle, until a call came in Friday evening "that there were three juveniles at a house with guns and wanting to kill somebody."

Ford said officers found three teens in the vehicle, which was parked at a church parking lot near the home.

"They were pretty uncooperative," Ford said. "[But] after questioning them and getting consent to search the car, we found evidence that made us believe they were involved."

Ford declined to elaborate on what evidence was found in the car. After the teens were arrested, Ford said the driver, who is 17, told police they were all at the scene of the slaying and that the 16-year-old suspect pulled the trigger.

The three teens, ages 15, 16 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder. Their names have not been released and they have not yet been arraigned on the charges.

The killing of Lane has rattled the quiet town of 24,000, where Ford said he couldn't recall the last time there was a murder.

"I don't think we average one [murder] a year," he said. "Basically, we're a rural Oklahoma community."

Peter Lane told the Sydney Morning Herald his son was "a kid on the cusp of making his life."

"There's not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless," Lane said.

"He was an athlete going for a jog like he would do five or six days a week in terms of his training schedule," he said. "It's happened, it's wrong and we just try and deal with it the best we can."

Source: ABC News


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