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Christopher Lane Update: Teens charged with murder after police say they killed Australian baseball player "for fun"

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

Mug shots of James Edwards, Chancey Luna and Michael Jones, charged in connection with the death of Christopher Lane.
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Updated 6:37 p.m. (CBS/AP) OKLAHOMA CITY -Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged two teens, 15 and 16, with first-degree murder in the death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, 22, reports CBS affiliate KOTV.  A third boy, 17, is reportedly charged as a youthful offender with accessory to first degree murder.

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Prosecutors say the teens shot and killed Lane, a student at East Central University who was jogging near his girlfriend's home in Duncan, Oklahoma, "for fun."

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, of Duncan were charged with first-degree murder and, under Oklahoma law, will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan was accused of using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.

Lane, 22, of Melbourne, died Friday along a tree-lined road on Duncan's well-to-do north side.

Luna and Edwards were ordered held without bond Tuesday. Police have said Jones told them the details of the crime in a series of interviews.

"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.'"

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

Tuesday, the boy said in open court "I pulled the trigger," but the judge directed him to remain quiet and said was not the day to discuss the facts of the case.

The boy cried. His bond was set at $1 million.

Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys "thugs" as he told Stephens County Judge Jerry Herberger how Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, died on a city street.

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

In court, Hicks said Luna was sitting in the rear seat of a car when he pulled the trigger on 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.

Edwards has had run-ins with the law previously and had been in court Friday, the day of the killing, 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 no bond for Edwards. "He thinks it's all a joke."

Meanwhile, family and friends on two continents mourned Lane, who gave up pursuit of an Australian football career to pursue his passion for baseball, an American pastime. His girlfriend tearfully laid a cross at a streetside memorial in Duncan, while half a world away, an impromptu memorial grew at the home plate he protected as a catcher on his youth team.

"We just thought we'd leave it," Sarah Harper said as she visited the memorial. "This is his final spot."

Flowers, photos and an Australian flag already adorned the roadside in a tribute to the 22-year-old.

"I don't know anybody who's left this. It means a lot," Harper said.

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.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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