Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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August 29, 2013

Slain Australian buried in hometown

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CANBERRA, Australia —

He described his son as mature beyond his years and said he had been planning a future with his girlfriend of four years.

Dozens of members of Lane’s former Essendon Baseball Club, dressed in dark suits, lined the street outside the church in a guard of honor, applauding as a hearse carried their friend away.

The tragedy has become a major media story in Australia, where guns and drive-by shootings are far less prevalent than they are in the United States.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, both of Duncan, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, also of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.

Although the autopsy report will be a critical piece of evidence that supports police and prosecutors’ theory about how Lane was shot, it does nothing to specifically link the three defendants to the killing, said Art LeFrancois, a criminal law professor at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law.

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