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Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2013

Chancey Luna, James Edwards charged in Oklahoma murder of Christopher Lane, killed for ‘fun of it’

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged two teenagers accused of gunning down an Australian student in Oklahoma for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder, and a third teen with being an accessory.

 Officials say Christopher Lane, age 22, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Oklahoma, after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back, allegedly by the teens.

Terri Moore from the Stephens County Courthouse says 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna and 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. were charged as adults with first-degree murder.

Both are being held without bond.

Bond was set at $1 million for 17-year-old Michael Jones, who allegedly drove the vehicle carrying the other suspects.  He was charged with the use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact. Jones is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court. (More details below photo)

Chancey Luna, James Edwards Jr and Michael Jones

Chancey Luna, James Edwards Jr and Michael Jones

Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys “thugs” as he told Stephens County Judge Jerry Herberger Lane of Melbourne, died on a city street.

“I’m appalled,” Hicks said after the hearing. “This is not supposed to happen in this community.”

In court, Hicks said Luna was sitting in the rear seat of a car when he pulled the trigger on a .22 caliber revolver and shot Lane once in the back. Hicks said Jones was driving the vehicle and Edwards was in the passenger seat.

Edwards has had run-ins with the law previously and had been in court Friday, the day of the killing, to sign documents related to his juvenile probation.

“I believe this man is a threat to the community and should not be let out,” Hicks said as he requested no bond for Edwards. “He thinks it’s all a joke.”

Police Chief Dan Ford said Lane appeared to have been chosen at random, saying in a variety of media interviews since Friday’s killing that one suspect told officers that he and other boys were bored and that they followed Lane and killed him for “the fun of it.”

On one of the alleged killer’s Facebook pages, investigators found the message: “Bang. Two drops in two hours,” Sky News reports.

“I think they were on a killing spree. We would have had more bodies that night if we didn’t get them,” Ford said in an interview with the Australian Associated Press.

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    […] High profile shooting in Oklahoma – may be ‘Black on White’ hate crime – more here […]

  2. Chris Lane killer, James Edwards, tweeted and posted racist and hate filled comments towards white people GRAPHIC - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] and Chancey Luna, age 16, have been charged with first degree murder in the case. They each face life in prison and are being held without bond in Duncan, […]

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