DUNCAN, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma teenager was charged as an adult with accessory to murder Thursday in the 2013 shooting death of an Australian college student.
The 17-year-old, who was 15 at the time, was originally charged with murder. His charge was reduced after he testified against two others and he is appealing for the case to remain in juvenile court. District Attorney Jason Hicks said he could not comment because of a gag order.
The teen was allegedly riding in a car when he heard a shot from the back seat that killed 22-year-old Chris Lane, who was jogging. Investigators said Lane was randomly targeted by bored teenagers. He had been preparing to enter his senior baseball season at East Central University in Ada.
The teenager testified that he did not know the gun was in the vehicle until it was fired. Authorities say he has admitted he helped hide the weapon, which the suspects allegedly took to another man's apartment complex. That man later told investigators that he dropped the gun is some tall grass on the property. The gun has not been recovered.
Two other teen suspects are charged with murder as adults. Both face life in prison.
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