3 Teens Charged in Oklahoma 'Boredom' Killing

2 face first-degree murder charges

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 20, 2013 3:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Murder charges were filed today in the death of an Australian college student in Oklahoma, but police haven't changed the chilling motive: They say three teens decided to shoot 23-year-old Christopher Lane as he jogged along a road in Duncan because they were bored. Prosecutors charged 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna with first-degree murder, reports NewsOK. They also charged Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. All will be tried as adults.

Prosecutor Jason Hicks says Luna shot Lane while sitting in the back of a car driven by Jones, with Edwards in the front passenger seat, reports AP. "I don’t really care what happens to them,” Lane's girlfriend, Sarah Harper, told Australia's 9 News as she visited a roadside memorial. “I feel like if they don’t get what they deserve now and in the present, they will eternally. They’re just evil people.” Lane, who was shot in the back with .22-caliber revolver, had been attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. A memorial in Melbourne also is up, on the spot where he played ball on his youth team.

Sarah Harper, Christopher Lane's girlfriend, stands beside a memorial along the road where police say Lane was killed in Duncan, Okla.   (AP Photo/Kristi Easton)
A roadside memorial in Duncan, Okla.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A file photo of victim Christopher Lane.   (AP Photo/East Central University Communications & Marketing, Gina Smith)
From left, James Francis Edwards, 15, Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17.   (Stephens County Sheriff's Office)
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