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Oklahoma Shooting Suspects Could Face Life in Prison

This combination made with booking photos provided by the Stephens County, Oklahoma Sheriffs Department, shows, from left, James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, all of Duncan, Oklahoma.
This combination made with booking photos provided by the Stephens County, Oklahoma Sheriffs Department, shows, from left, James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, all of Duncan, Oklahoma.
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Two of the teenage suspects in the shooting of an Australian jogger in the sleepy town of Duncan, Oklahoma are being held without bail, while the third suspect’s bail was set at $1 million.

James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, have been charged with first degree murder and Michael Jones, 17, has been charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact.

Jones, who will be charged as an adult, could face a prison sentence from two years to life if convicted, while the other two suspects, who will also be charged as adults, could face life in prison without parole if convicted of murder in the first degree.

This photo provided by East Central University shows Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.This photo provided by East Central University shows Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
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This photo provided by East Central University shows Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
This photo provided by East Central University shows Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
The victim, Christopher Lane, 23, of Melbourne, Australia, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the back on August 16. He had been jogging when the shooting occurred. Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he was on a baseball scholarship.

Prosecutor Jason Hicks on Tuesday called the suspects "thugs" during a hearing earlier this week.

"I'm appalled," Hicks said after the hearing. "This is not supposed to happen in this community."

Duncan is a town of just over 23,000 population in south-central Oklahoma.

In the courtroom, Hicks said Luna was sitting in the backseat of a car when he pulled the trigger of 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.

According to the Duncan Banner newspaper, Hicks said that upon arrest, one of the suspects was “kind of laughing and carrying on” as if it was a joke.

Hicks said the shooting appears to have been completely random, adding that one of the suspects said they did because they were bored. 

“There is no connection that I’ve seen inside the investigation between these three and the victim in this particular case — no connection whatsoever,” Hicks said.

The tragic shooting, which was done “for the fun of it” has shaken Duncan and caused waves in Australia, with a former deputy prime minister calling for an Australian boycott of U.S. tourism.

“I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers [but] it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA,” Tim Fischer told the Australian newspaper The Day. “There is a gun for almost every American.”

Homicides in the United States occur at the rate is five per 100,000 people, according to 2012 statistics released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The majority of U.S. homicides involve firearms.

On Tuesday, a gunman opened fire with an AK-47 submachine gun at a Georgia elementary school. No one was injured and the shooter was arrested.

The most recent high-profile mass shooting occurred in December of 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, when Adam Lanza killed 20 children at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary school. Lanza also killed six adults, his mother and himself.

In the aftermath, there were repeated calls for more gun control in the U.S., but efforts to pass legislation failed to make it through Congress.

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by: concern from: maryland
August 25, 2013 9:04 PM
Something has to be done about people killing others just because, they can. Who the hell they are to take someone life for their pleasure. I do not blame the Prime Minister , I'm ready to get the H... out of the U.S. myself. It is said the children can not enjoy their childhood and the elderly can not be at peace and enjoy the rest of their life. This is not a race concern or age it is everyone concern.


by: Llacta from: Houston
August 24, 2013 10:58 PM
What it would be if the shooter was a white guy and the dead a black teenager? Now because the situation is that the dead is white and the shooter black there is no president Obama declaring a tragedy.


by: Steve from: Anderson,Mo.
August 24, 2013 7:05 AM
The Supreme Court of The United States ruled that anyone under the age of 18, at the time of the crime couldn't receive the death penalty. This is a classic case that shows that the SCOTUS shouldn't have the last word on such matters. When you chose to act as a man you should expect to be treated as a man. I'm a firm believer in an eye for an eye. These punks should stand before a firing squad and be shot. I have NO sympathy for murderers regardless of their age. This was a premeditated, cold blooded act.


by: D Jones from: Indiana
August 22, 2013 11:31 PM
Why did the white teenager get a lesser charge? He was driving; one was shooting and one was sitting? Driving is better than sitting?


by: Joe from: Pennsylvania
August 22, 2013 8:47 PM
Death Penalty isn't good enough for these three teenagers.


by: Sherlock from: London
August 22, 2013 3:06 PM
Boring.


by: Michael
August 22, 2013 3:01 PM
morning firing squad, and forget the worthless dirtbags... no looking into their youth issues, no indepth coverage, just rid the world of them


by: Sherlock from: Holmes
August 22, 2013 2:24 PM
In paragraph 9 sentence 1 the term AK-47 "submachine gun" is used. The term "submachine gun" is inccorect when applied to the AK-47*. The AK-47 is chambered in the 7.62×51 mm NATO (aprx. .308 Winchester). This is considered a rifle cartridge, where as a "submachine gun" chambers only pistol cartridges.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-47
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.308_Winchester
*[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/submachine+gun]


by: Brett Smith from: Cincinnati
August 21, 2013 7:59 PM
Just kill these demonic ghouls - they've just proven they are a detriment to mankind. Now we will go thru an expensive trial paid by the taxpayer where the defense will portray these "little innocents" as victims. The parents will be called to testify and will proclaim their children's innocence (as they already have) in between sobs. If these twisted, vile creatures get sent to prison, I hope they get repeatedly raped and then murdered.


by: boppa from: iowa
August 21, 2013 6:42 PM
If I had a son, oops someone used that! where is that gutless wonder now?He's drawing a line in the sand for everyone to cross!

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