Teens who shot Aussie student athlete out of boredom face murder charges

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Duncan, OK, United States (4E) – Three teenage boys, who shot dead an Australian scholar out of boredom on Friday, are facing murder charges, according to the Duncan police in Oklahoma.

First-degree murder charges against the suspects are expected to be filed Tuesday in Stephens County, NewsOK quoted Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford as saying.

The names of the suspects are being withheld pending the filing of the charges. They were only identified by their ages, 17, 16 and 15.

The victim was identified as Christopher Lane, 23, of Melbourne. He died in a hospital one hour after he was shot in the back while jogging on Country Club Road just south of Twilight Beach Drive. Lane was a baseball catcher playing for the East Central University in Ada.

During the Sunday interrogation of the suspects, who were tracked and arrested after their car was caught by a surveillance camera, the 17-year-old admitted to police they killed Lane because they were bored.

Police found the kids inside the car parked in a church after someone called 911 to report that they have guns. A dismantled shotgun was found in the car’s trunk and confiscated. But the revolver used in the shooting was not found.

Meanwhile, friends and teammates of Lane are raising $15,000 to cover the cost of bringing his body home to Australia.

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