Teenagers in ECU student murder appear in court


DUNCAN, OK - "He was a really amazing person and I'm gonna miss him forever," said Sarah Harper, who visited the memorial in Duncan to her boyfriend Christopher Lane, where authorities said three teenagers in a black car shot him in the back while running.

The 911 caller said, "There's a young man, he fell over in the ditch, and he's got blood on him."

A crime District Attorney Jason Hicks said was completely random.

"There is no connection that I've seen inside the investigation between these three and the victim in this particular case," said Hicks. "No connection whatsoever."

On Tuesday 15-year-old James Edwards Junior and 16-year-old Chancey Luna were charged with first degree murder in the death of Lane, and 17-year-old Michael Jones is charged as being an accessory and using a vehicle in discharge of a weapon. Rachel Padilla is Edwards' half sister and said this isn't like him.

"He was sweet to people, he got along with just about everybody," said Padilla.

She can't imagine why her little brother was involved.

"It's still hard for me to believe, it makes me sick that he would even be in the vehicle if he knew something like this was gonna happen," said Padilla.

Duncan police Chief Dan Ford said one of the suspects told police the three were bored and shot lane for the "fun of it."

"The only way I can describe this is I'm appalled," said Hicks.

Prosecutors said anyone over 15-years-old is automatically tried as an adult for a first degree murder charge. If convicted, Edwards and Luna could face up to life in prison. Jones is considered a juvenile offender, but Hicks hopes he'll be convicted and sentenced as an adult.

"I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure these three thugs pay for what they did to Christopher Lane," said Hicks.


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