A memorial to Christopher Lane is shown along the road where he was shot and killed in Duncan, Okla. Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend, when he was s killed Aug. 16, 2013.
Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press
2 Okla. boys charged in 'boredom' slaying of Australian athlete
- Associated Press
- August 20, 2013 - 5:13 PM
DUNCAN, Okla. — 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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