Authorities formally charged three teenagers Tuesday afternoon for mercilessly gunning down Australian student Chris Lane Friday night “for the fun of it.”
James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were reportedly charged with first degree murder and face life in prison if convicted. They are being held without bond.
Michael Jones, 17, was reportedly charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree. He reportedly said in court “I pulled the trigger” but the judge told him to remain silent. The boy cried and his bond was set at $1 million.
The three teens will be tried as adults, the Herald Sun reports.
A social networking page appearing to belong to Edwards reveals a video of Edwards brandishing a gun as well as multiple photos showing piles of cash he claims belong to him.
“B***h we up dem poles, f**k with me,” James can be heard saying in a newly surfaced Vine video, while brandishing a gun. The New York Post and Daily Mail both report this is authentic video of James.
Other photos have surfaced reportedly showing what appears to be a handgun and a large bundle of one-hundred dollar bills allegedly belonging to James.
The Duncan Police Department declined to comment about the suspects to TheBlaze Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office was also unavailable for comment by the time of publication.
A Twitter account appearing to belong to Edwards’ girlfriend tweeted out support for the accused killer.
Police reportedly said they believe the accused had killed an animal before shooting Lane.
An Australian news outlet published what appears to be mugshots of the three boys.
The parents of some of the teens reacted on Tuesday.
Mother of Chancey Luna, Jennifer Luna, refused to believe her son pulled the trigger of the fatal shot.
“They said it happened at 3 p.m.,” Luna told KSWO-TV. “I get off of work at 3 and it just takes me five minutes to get to the house and he was at home.”
Father of suspect James Edwards told KSWO-TV his son must be innocent because his son told him, “I didn’t have nothing to do with it.”
This is a developing story. Updates will be added.
Editor’s Note: An image included in this post earlier from KSWO-TV misidentified Michael Jones and instead associated a picture of James Edwards with him.
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