Oklahoma prosecutors have filed charges against two teenage boys with first-degree murder in the random killing of Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old baseball player from Melbourne, Australia, who was jogging in the town of Duncan on Friday. A third teenager was charged with use of a vehicle while a weapon was discharged and accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.
The three teens were identified on Tuesday as the alleged orchestrators of the murder. Fifteen-year-old James Edwards, 16-year-old Chancey Luna, are being held without bond, and 17-year-old Michael Jones, the accused accessory, had bond set at $1 million. According to Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford, the office got a confession from Jones who claimed the teenagers committed the crime because they were bored “so they decided to kill somebody.”
Lane was in Oklahoma visiting his girlfriend, Sarah Harper. He had only been in the United States for three days after an eight-week stint in his home country. The Australian athlete attended East Central University on a baseball scholarship. He was set to play in his senior year after having started 14 games at catcher last season.
"He didn't deserve any of this," Lane's girlfriend, Sarah Harper, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "It's heartbreaking that it was such a random choice those guys made that drastically altered so many lives in the process."
The accused teens can be tried as adults, but won’t be able to get the death penalty, since they aren’t 18 years old. Ford says the boys didn’t have any personal vendetta with the baseball player, but simply killed Lane to “make a name for themselves.” Luna is believed to have fired the gun that killed Lane.
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