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Christopher Lane Update: Teen suspected in "thrill kill" of Aussie baseball player seen in Vine video pointing gun

Christopher Lane, in an undated photo AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club

(CBS) OKLAHOMA CITY -One of the suspected teen murderers in the "thrill kill" of an Australian baseball player posted a video of himself online in which he can be seen apparently pointing a rifle.

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James Francis Edwards, Jr. is charged in the shooting death of Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, who was shot once in the back Friday as he was jogging near his girlfriend's family's home in Duncan, Oklahoma. Prosecutors say the 15-year-old Edwards was in the passenger seat of a car driven by Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, when Chancey Allen Luna, 16, shot and killed Lane from the backseat.

Police said Jones later admitted the boys killed Lane "for fun."

Christopher Lane
Christopher Lane, in an undated photo
AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club

Edwards and Luna are charged with first-degree murder, while Jones faces accessory charges.

In a video Edwards apparently posted on the Vine video-sharing application, the teen can be seen holding a rifle and using profanity.

"(Expletive) we up dem poles," Edwards says in the video, pointing the rifle at the camera. "(Expletive) with me."

Police said Jones told them the boys committed the killing because they were "bored."

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

In a court hearing Tuesday, prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys "thugs." "I'm appalled," Hicks said after the hearing. "This is not supposed to happen in this community."

Christopher Lane
Mug shots of James Edwards, Chancey Luna and Michael Jones, charged in connection with the death of Christopher Lane.
KOTV

Edwards and Luna face life in prison without the possibility of parole if they're convicted. The teens will be tried as adults. Jones, who is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court, faces anywhere from two years to life in prison.

Edwards has had prior run-ins with the law and came to court Friday - apparently after the shooting - to sign documents related to his juvenile probation.

"I believe this man is a threat to the community and should not be let out," Hicks said as he requested he be held without bail. "He thinks it's all a joke."

The two younger boys were held without bail, while bail for Jones was set at $1 million.

Before the hearing, Edwards' father, James Edwards Sr., said he knew where his son was 95 percent of the time. He said his son was involved in wrestling and football, and was trying to forge the same sort of athletic career as Lane, who played baseball at East Central University in Ada, 85 miles east of Duncan.

One of the suspect's mothers told CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City her son and his friends were in a "wannabe gang." Police told KWTV the suspects may have killed an animal prior to shooting Lane, and that they planned on killing more people.

  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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