Teens in Duncan 'thrill kill' ordered to stand trial

Two Oklahoma teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player have been ordered to stand trial

18-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chris Lane and were ordered by a judge to stand trial for the charges. Prosecutors say a third suspect, 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. will testify against them.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Lane was gunned down as he jogged last summer while visiting his girlfriend's parents in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was preparing for his senior season at East Central University when he died.

Edwards Jr. told prosecutors last month that Luna shot and killed Lane from a car driven by Jones.

Lane's death garnered heavy media coverage in both the U.S. and Australia, prompting the judge to issue a gag order barring anyone involved from talking about the case outside court. That means little information has been released since the 22-year-old Melbourne native was shot in the back and died in August.

But investigators have said Lane was shot while jogging down a tree-lined street near the home of his girlfriend's parents in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City. He and his girlfriend had just returned to Oklahoma after visiting Australia, and he was preparing for his senior season playing catcher at East Central University in Ada, about 90 miles east of Duncan.

A few days after the shooting, Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said it appeared to be random and that Jones gave a detailed confession to investigators.

"They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: 'There's our target,'" Ford said in August. "The boy who has talked to us said: 'We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'"

Prosecutors alleged that Luna pulled the trigger while sitting in the back seat of a car being driven by Jones, and Edwards was in the passenger seat.

In a chilling 911 recording released shortly after the killing, a woman tells the operator she saw Lane fall into a ditch as she drove by.

"He's got blood on his back," the woman said. She later relayed word from another witness, telling the operator: "He's turning blue. He's making a noise."

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