Murder charges for ‘bored’ teens who shot Australian

Washington AFP-JIJI

Two U.S. teenagers who shot dead an Australian baseball player because they were “bored” were charged with murder Tuesday, local authorities said.

Chris Lane, 22, was shot in the back while out jogging Friday and left to die after being randomly targeted by the teenagers and a friend in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan.

“They were bored and just wanted to see someone die,” Duncan police Chief Danny Ford was quoted as saying by ABCNews.com.

Prosecutors charged James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, with first degree murder, a crime punishable by death in Oklahoma. A third teen, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with the use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and as an accessory after the fact.

The three were arrested after analysis of surveillance video picked up the car they had been driving. Affidavits obtained said a search of Jones’ car had uncovered a .22 caliber bullet hidden inside the air conditioning unit and a quantity of .22 ammunition hidden in a fuse box.