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      Duncan teens charged with murder of Australian college student in "thrill kill"

      James Edwards, charged with 1st degree murder of Christopher Lane

      Flowers now mark the place Chris Lane drew his last breath, on Country Club Rd in Duncan.

      "The young man had a bright future," said Duncan resident Kathy Davidson, "I'm here to support him and it's just wrong."

      Tuesday, Davidson and dozens of other concerned neighbors pack the Stephens Co. Courthouse, along with throngs of Australian media.

      The Stephens County District Attorney has formally filed charges against three teens accused of shooting the baseball player "just because."

      15-year-old James Edwards and 16-year-old Chancey Luna were both formally charged with first degree murder in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan last week.

      Lane was an Australian native who played baseball for an Oklahoma college.

      "I'm gonna do everything I can to see that these three thugs pay for what they did to Christopher Lane," said District Attorney Jason Hicks.

      Hicks believes Luna pulled the trigger on the .22 revolver and shot the 22-year-old once in the back. According to Hicks, when Edwards was being booked, he was caught on camera dancing and laughing.

      "As if it were a joke," Hicks said.

      "If these three young boys including my brother are guilty then they should be punished for taking and innocent life," said Rachel Padilla, older sister of James Edwards.

      Read the official charges filed in court Tuesday.

      Both are charged as adults with first degree murder but because of their ages, they cannot receive the death penalty. The judge withheld bond for both and set a preliminary hearing for October 16.


      "The young kids should go to rehab or go somewhere to get the discipline, the corrections and stuff where it will help them once they get out," said Edwards' father James Edwards Sr.

      A third teen, 17-year-old Michael Jones, is being charged with use of a vehicle while a weapon was being discharged and accessory after the fact to first degree murder. Jones is being treated as an adult, but could be considered a youthful offender or juvenile per his conviction. His preliminary hearing is set for October 2.

      Jones seemed like the most remorseful of the group and cried in court Tuesday. The teen also spoke up in court saying "I may not have pulled the trigger-" before the judge cut him off, saying Tuesday was not the day to discuss facts of the case.

      His bond was set at $1 million.

      Emotions ran high as the charges sink in.

      "I didn't know nothing was wrong until he was arrested," said James Edwards Sr.

      And the town of 25,000 works to piece the senseless violence together.

      "We're hurt, our community is hurt...this has got to stop," Davidson said.

      A Facebook page has been set up in memoriam of Lane.

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