Prosecutors said that one of teens involved in the Oklahoma shooting that left Australian baseball player and East Central University college student Christopher Lane dead on the side of the road actually danced about and laughed without concern at his arrest. This just seems to add insult to the injury of Lane's death as the actions of the three young men accused of the shooting and murder of the 22-year-old also point to a level of irrational and depraved indifference rarely seen in the commission of such a heinous crime. And there's more: The Stephens County prosecutor wasn't simply attempting to make the teens look bad, because there's a video of the dancing teen to support the accusation...
ABC News reported (via Yahoo News) on Aug. 20 that Chancey Allen Luna, 16, James Edwards Jr., 15, and Michael DeWayne Jones, 17, were all formally charged in a Duncan, Okla., courtroom Tuesday. Luna, reportedly the suspect that allegedly pulled the trigger and fired the shot that killed Lane, and Edwards were both charged with felony first-degree murder and ordered held without bail. Jones, the only one of the suspects to cooperate with the Duncan police after the teens were arrested, was charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of weapon and accessory to murder after the fact.
The trio, who were described as "thugs," will all be tried as adults, but Luna and Edwards, because of their ages, will not have to face the death penalty.
But it was Edwards' actions upon being arrested for Christopher Lane's death that prompted Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks to tell the judge, according to Fox News: "I believe this man is a threat to the community and should not be let out. He thinks it's all a joke."
Hicks said there was video footage of Edwards being booked where he was dancing about and was “kind of laughing and carrying on” as if it all was a joke, the Duncan Banner reported. Edwards was described by Hicks as “doing a little dance” as he was being booked following his arrest at the Stephens County Jail following the shooting and said he was “cold and calloused."
In an unrelated matter, Edwards had seen a juvenile probation officer about a half hour after the alleged murder and shortly before his arrest
Edwards, Luna, and Jones had chosen Christopher Lane as their victim, Hicks said, simply "for the fun of it" and because they were "bored."
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford told ABCNews.com that: "They were bored and just wanted to see somebody die."
According to police, Jones allegedly told them that the three young men had seen Christopher Lane jog past their house and there and then decided he was to die. With Jones at the wheel, Luna allegedly shot Lane in the back as he ran alongside the road.
Although nobody saw the actual shooting, several people heard the shot. Some saw Lane stagger at the road's edge. Efforts by samaritans to revive Lane were to no avail. Witnesses saw the vehicle that sped away and police were able to use surveillance cameras from local businesses to identify the car and track down the teens. The teens were uncooperative but police were able to get a warrant to search their house and car, producing enough evidence to arrest the trio.
Police say Jones is the only one cooperating with authorities. Even so, Hicks says he'll prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.