Thursday, August 22, 2013

3 Boys In Oklahoma

You know...Having been a teenaged male myself...It has always amazed me how when a group of guys are together and they are bored....It never fails...the group always takes the advice of the stupidest member...which is how they get in trouble.

I don't know who came up with the idea of  "I'm bored...let's kill somebody..." but I don't know if the other two who went along with the idea are any better either..

These three boys, unknown to the world last week have now created an international incident...

With a motive that's both as chilling as it is simple minded — to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenaged boys randomly targeted an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him for fun, or so the prosecutors said yesterday as they charged two of the boys with murder.

Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys ''thugs'' as he described how Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was shot once in the back and died along a tree-lined road on Duncan's well-to-do north side. He said the three teens, from the grittier part of town, chose Lane at random and that one of the boys ''thinks it's all a joke.''

Prosecutor Hicks charged Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, of Duncan, with first-degree murder. Under Oklahoma law they will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.

Michael Jones wept in the courtroom after he tried to speak about the incident but was cut off by the judge who said it wasn't the time to sort out the facts of the case. Micheal Jones faces anywhere from two years to life in prison if convicted on the counts he faces.

The two younger teens face life in prison without parole if convicted on the murder charge.
''I'm appalled,'' Hicks said after the hearing. ''This is not supposed to happen in this community.''

I am always amazed when people say things like  'This is not supposed to happen in this community.''
Where do they expect this type of thing to happen?  I already know the answer to that.

In court, Prosecutor Hicks said Chancey Allen Luna was sitting in the back seat of a car when he pulled the trigger on a .22 caliber revolver and shot Lane once in the back. Hicks said Jones was driving the vehicle and Edwards was in the passenger seat.

A recording of an emergency 911 call obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press offers a chilling account of the next moments as a woman identifying herself as Joyce Smith tells the operator she saw Lane fall over into a ditch as she drove by.

''He's got blood on his back,'' the woman says.

Later relaying word from another witness on the scene to the 911 operator, the woman says: ''He's turning blue. He's making a noise.''
  James Francis Edwards Jr has had prior run-ins with the law and came to court Friday - apparently after the shooting - to sign documents related to his juvenile probation.

''I believe this man is a threat to the community and should not be let out,'' Hicks said as he requested he be held without bail. ''He thinks it's all a joke.''

The two younger boys were held without bail, while bail for Michael Jones was set at $1 million.

Before the hearing, young Edwards' father, James Edwards Sr., said he knew where his son was 95 percent of the time. He said his son was involved in wrestling and football, and was trying to forge the same sort of athletic career as the murdered Lane. He was heading into his sophomore year in high school.
Edwards Sr. said Luna was also like a son to him.

This is just tragic all the way around.

Chancey Allen Luna's mother, Jennifer Luna, said her son likes to play basketball at a local court and play on his iPhone and Xbox.
''I know my son. He is a good kid,'' she said. But don't all mothers say that about their sons?

Christopher Lane played baseball at East Central University in Ada, 85 miles east of Duncan, and had been visiting his girlfriend and her parents in Duncan after he and his girlfriend returned to the U.S. from Australia about a week ago.
Duncan police Chief Dan Ford has said the boys wanted to overcome a boring end to their summer vacation — classes in Duncan resumed Tuesday — and that Jones told officers they were bored and killed Lane for ''the fun of it.''

Family and friends on two continents were mourning Christopher Lane, who gave up pursuit of an Australian football career to pursue his passion for baseball, an American pastime. His girlfriend, Sarah Harper, tearfully laid a cross at a streetside memorial in Duncan, while half a world away, an impromptu memorial grew at the home plate he protected as a catcher on his youth team.

''We just thought we'd leave it,'' Harper said as she visited the memorial in Duncan. ''This is his final spot.''
His old baseball team, Essendon, scheduled a memorial game for Sunday to raise funds for Lane's parents as they worked to have their boy's remains sent home.

Tony Cornish, president of the Essendon Baseball Club, said Lane played with the club for 12 years.
''He started out as a T-baller, right from the age of 7, '' said Cornish.

Cornish said Lane was part of the club until he left to attend college in the U.S.
''Chris Lane was a good kid, just a great all-around guy,'' Cornish said. ''We're still all in shock here.''
Meanwhile, St. Bernard's College in Essendon, where Lane was a student, is planning a memorial Mass for Lane in November.

Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper reported that roses and a baseball were placed Monday on the home plate where Lane played as a youth with the message: ''A wonderful young man taken too soon. Why?''
Tim Fischer, former Australia deputy prime minister, criticized the National Rifle Association and asked Australians to avoid the U.S. as a way to put pressure on its Congress to act on gun control.

''Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,'' Fischer told the Herald Sun. ''I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers, (but) it's a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American.''

 You know...I can't say that I blame him...Extreme as the position is that he is taking... He is partially right...America is a very dangerous nation...There are too many people walking around with guns..Legally and illegally.

I know that the Fox News crowd will be screaming for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's head...Saying "Look...A White boy has been killed by two Black kids and a Latino kid...How come they aren't screaming about this like they did Trayvon?"

I'll explain why...First off let me say that if these three boys are guilty, I hope they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law!...But let's look at this...All three of these boys are in custody RIGHT NOW!....They aren't walking around free and with their gun!!! ,The way George Zimmerman did for nearly a month!  And come trial time...Nobody is going to go into Chris Lane's past and try to villify him the way they did Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin was a murder VICTIM , just like Chris Lane...and yet when watching George Zimmerman's trial...I felt like it was Trayvon Martin that was on trial...I feel like George Zimmerman is free today because the jury believed that  Trayvon Martin did something wrong and thus deserved to be murdered.

The Fox News crowd and the crowd of folks who never give a black male the benefit of the doubt won't even take that into consideration.

I hate to bring race into this...but in America....practically everything IS about race, even when it shouldn't be...

If George Zimmerman had been arrested on the spot ,as he should have...and charged with something..anything!!! I wouldn't even be writing about Trayvon Martin.... I wouldn't be comparing it with this horrific crime in Oklahoma...But justice isn't meted out the same way in America...It never has....

I hope that Chris Lane's family and friends get some justice...I really do...I hope they get the justice that Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton didn't get.


James Perkins said...


Richard D. said...

I think all the boys should be tried for the same crime, how they picked the "non-black" kid for the lesser crime has me scratching my head. If only one boy pulled the trigger and two out of the three are going down for it, what am I missing?

Sasha said...

I had this story 2-3 days ago on Good Morning America. It sent chills through my body. You brought out such a valid point about Trayvon Martin. I shook my head and say, "Yes!" I completely agree with what you said.


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