Two teen accused of ‘thrill killing’ an Australian athlete plead not guilty

By Elaine Alluin,

Two teens who are accused of “thrill killing” are facing first-degree murder charges for the death of an Australian student athlete.

CNN reports that the 23-year-old victim Christopher Lane was entering his senior year at East Central University and he had a baseball scholarship.

The two teens accused of the murder are Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne, 18. James Francis Edwards, Jr was also linked with the murder. Once the three teenagers were arrested, they were charged as adults.

The Associated Press reported at the time of the murder in August 2013 that Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford said that after the vicious attack, the older teen told authorities that the trio was "bored" and decided to kill for the "fun of it."

The cause of Lane’s death was a result of a “penetrating gunshot wound to the back." Lane was jogging around his girlfriend’s house when he was shot from behind. The autopsy shows that Lane was shot by a 22-caliber handgun. Police found bullets of a 22-caliber in the car the teens used to get away. The bullet cause immense damage as it collapsed both his lungs, fractured his ribs and pierced is aorta.

Lane’s funeral was a private ceremony. His mother Donna Lane, and girlfriend, Sarah Harper, placed important memorabilia his coffin, which included his baptismal shawl and school uniforms. Members of the Melbourne-based Essendon Baseball Club formed a honored Lane’s death by standing outside the church.



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