One of three Duncan, Okla. teens who killed a jogger in a random shooting Friday told police they did so because they were "bored." Police Chief Danny Ford said the teen told him "we decided to kill somebody" and that they thought it would be fun.
All three have been arrested and appeared in court today. The weapon used has yet to be recovered. Two of the teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder and one, the one who spoke to police, is being charged with accessory to murder.
The man they killed, Christopher Lane, 24, was in Duncan, a town of 24,000, staying with his girlfriend and her parents. The two had only recently returned to the U.S. after spending time in Australia, where he is from, with his family.
Teens follow stranger, shoot him dead
Lane's mistake appears to have been simply jogging by the house where the three teens were. The one who spoke to Chief Ford said he and his friends talked of killing someone for "fun" and when Lane ran by they decided he would make a good target. They got in a car and followed him and shot him in the back and kept driving.
It's unclear how many times they fired.
People rushed to help the man. Local resident Ricard Rhodes said Lane was face down in the ground and told Australian radio that he did what he could. "I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him," Rhodes said. "And he passed away right here."
Jogger killed was college baseball player
A dedicated student and athlete, Lane was in the U.S. as a college baseball player and he attended East Central University in Ada, about 85 miles from Duncan. His coach, Dino Rosato, told media that Mr. Lane was "an absolute joy to coach" and was a player and person who "set a great example for all of his team-mates."
Harper said that the randomness of her boyfriend's killing makes it even harder to take. In Australia, the dead student's father, Peter Lane, told broadcasters that his son's death was "heartless, and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity,"
An Australian news site reported how one of the teens, 15, known to police, "danced and laughed" as he was being lead into court on the charge. District Attorney Jason Hicks told the court that the teen "thinks it's funny, and it's all a joke."
The teen who spoke to the police chief, who is 17 (the third teen is 16) is co-operating with prosecutors. He told Chief Ford: "We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody."
The teens are being tried as adults.