Three Oklahoma teens have been charged in the recent murder of college baseball player, Christopher Lane. The boys: James Edwards (15), Chancey Luna (16), and Michael Jones (17) will face first-degree murder charges after they allegedly murdered Christopher Lane in cold blood because they were bored. It is likely the Oklahoma DA will push to try the three boys as adults. If so, the three face a possible death sentence for their crime.
Last Friday around noon, 22-year-old Christopher Lane was shot and killed while jogging in Duncan Oklahoma. Lane was an Australia citizen who was attending college in Oklahoma so he could play college baseball. Lane received a full scholarship to play catcher at East Central University.
It appears that Lane and the three boys did not have previous history. Lane was apparently shot in a richer neighborhood of Duncan. His murder has sparked outrage and disbelief from the many Oklahoma natives who knew him.
James Edwards, Chauncey Luna, and Michael Jones are currently under arrest pending an upcoming plea. Despite strong evidence linking the three boys to the murder, the boy’s parents claim that their sons are innocent.
James Edward’s father admitted his son had previous faced problems with the law, but that his son couldn’t have committed the murder because, “he's not the type of person. He likes to wrestle. He's into sports."
Oklahoma police believe that the murder was fueled by the teens looking to make a name for themselves. The three allegedly had a falling out with another gang and planned to kill another person after they killed Lane. Luckily, police were able to stop them before another victim was murdered.
More will likely break on this horrific crime as the trial moves onward. It’s simply a shame that no amount of punishment will bring a promising young man back to life.