McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

August 19, 2013

3 teens charged in death of Okla. college baseball player


CNHI News Service

DUNCAN, Okla. — A college baseball player out for a jog in this southern Oklahoma town was shot to death by three teenagers in what appears to be a random act of violence, police said.

Chris Lane, a 23-year-old from Australia, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Duncan, Okla., about 85 miles away where he played baseball at East Central University in Ada, Okla.

Three juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 17, were arrested Friday night and charged with first-degree murder, said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford. Their names were not released.

Lane's death prompted a manhunt Friday afternoon.  A phone call from a tipster around 7 p.m. gave officers the break they needed. 

"The reporting person said there were juveniles there with guns and they were wanting to kill somebody," Ford said.

Officers responded and found three young men near a car in the parking lot of a church. Ford said the officers reported the juveniles were uncooperative. A dismantled shotgun was found in the back of the vehicle, but not the gun that was used to shoot Lane. That gun has not yet been recovered, police said.

Ford said detectives determined that the boys were in a house located on Country Club Road in Duncan when they saw Lane leave a home to go jogging north on that road. 

"These three saw the jogger go by … It was random," Ford said.

Lane, who had only returned from his home country of Australia three days earlier, was staying with his girlfriend and her family. 

A member of the girlfriend's family said Lane's body will be returned to Australia.

Details for this story were reported by The Duncan Banner in Duncan, Okla.