Duncan teen charged as adult in “thrill kill” of Chris Lane
DUNCAN, Okla. – It was the crime that shocked not only Oklahoma but also the international community: three teenage boys accused of killing Australian baseball player Chris Lane because they were bored.
Lane, 22, was gunned down while jogging near his girlfriend’s home in Duncan.
James Edwards, Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, have been charged with first-degree murder. Michael Jones, 17, was also arrested. He was allegedly driving the car when the shooting happened.
Wednesday, more than 50 people packed into the tiny Stephens County courtroom while prosecutors reevaluated his involvement in the crime they call a “thrill kill.”
Because of the brutality of the crime, Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks pressed for Jones’ lesser charged to be changed to first-degree murder. He also revealed Jones is a suspect in yet another shooting that happened earlier that day.
In just minutes, the judge agreed that Jones will be tried as an adult for first-degree murder.
Because of a gag order, the district attorney could not offer any more details.
‘The judge’s gag order prohibits any additional statements we made, any extrajudicial statements we made, which means no more, no more statements outside of the courtroom.” Hicks said.
The suspect’s mother refused to comment as she left the courtroom.
Jones’ preliminary hearing for the new charges will be November 20.
The other two defendants, James Edwards, Jr. and Chancey Luna will also appear in court November 20.
All three are being held without bond.
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