Christopher Lane

Oklahoma News
12:52 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Oklahoma Teens Plead Not Guilty In Australian's Death

A screenshot from a memorial Facebook page dedicated to 22-year-old Chris Lane.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

Two Oklahoma teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma have pleaded not guilty and waived their right to a speedy trial.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna were arraigned Thursday in Stephens County on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.

Judge Joe Enos set a trial docket date of Aug. 18 for both teens

Prosecutors say Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was gunned down last summer as he jogged in Duncan, about 80 miles south of OklahomaCity.

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Thought It Contained "Blanks"
6:14 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Defendant Claims They Didn't Know Gun Was Loaded

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One of three boys accused in the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player last summer says his friends believed the gun used in the crime contained only blanks.

James Francis Edwards Jr. agreed to testify against his co-defendants if prosecutors reduce charges against him. He told an Oklahoma judge Tuesday that 16-year-old Chancey Luna shot and killed Christopher Lane from a car driven by 18-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

World Views: August 23, 2013

LIsten to the entire August 23, 2013 episode.

Joshua Landis provides an update on Syria after anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack, and the panel discusses the renewed focus on U.S. gun culture after the murder of an Australian student in Oklahoma.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways. Ghislain d’Humières takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville Sept. 3.

World Views
3:41 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Gun Culture Questioned (Again) After Oklahoma Murder

A Facebook tribute page for 22-year-old Chris Lane, who was jogging in an affluent neighborhood of Duncan when he was gunned down at random last week. Three boys— ages 15, 16 and 17 — have been charged in the Melbourne native's death.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

The murder of a 22-year-old Australian baseball player in Duncan earlier this month has renewed international focus on U.S. gun culture and regulations.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies and an expert on comparative politics, says the United States portrays a certain image that the Australians are picking up on after Chris Lane’s death.

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Duncan Murder
1:27 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Killing Of Australian Sparks Calls For Boycott Of U.S.

A Facebook tribute page for murdered Australian baseball player Christopher Lane already has more than 50,000 followers.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

Killing Of Australian Sparks Calls For Boycott Of U.S.

Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer is urging Australian tourists to stay away from the U.S., following the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Fischer told the country’s Herald-Sun newspaper that Australians should boycott the U.S. as a way to force Congress to act on gun control.

WBUR and NPR's Here and Now host Robin Young spoke with Claire Crouch, a reporter for KSWO, the ABC television affiliate in Lawton.

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Duncan Murder
12:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Tom Cole Comments On Duncan "Thrill Killing" Of Australian Man

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he's distressed what he calls a "senseless murder" was committed against a citizen of a country that's always been a, quote, "steadfast friend and ally of the United States."

“It is with sadness that I offer my sincere sympathy and send my prayers to the family and friends of Chris Lane as they grieve the loss of a loved individual,” Cole said in a statement. “To our dear friends in Australia, I extend my profound apology for this senseless, brutal crime that sadly occurred in my state and district.”

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