M.E. Report Shows Single Bullet Hit Athlete’s Lungs, Major Arteries
A report from the Oklahoma state medical examiner released Tuesday (Aug. 27) reveals new details about the homicide of an Australian athlete.
The report confirms a single gunshot went a bullet through 22-year-old Christopher Lane’s back, hitting both of his lungs and major arteries. The bullet entered through the upper left side of Lane’s back before ricocheting inside his rib cage and eventually caused both of his lungs to collapse.
It also caused extensive bleeding after it perforated his pulmonary artery and aorta, the report states.
Three teens are accused of shooting and killing Lane on Aug. 16 while he was out for a jog in Duncan, Okla.
Officials in Stephens County have charged James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, with first-degree murder. Because they are juveniles, they cannot receive the death penalty but they could spend life in prison. Michael Jones, 17, is facing two felony counts of discharging a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact. He is being charged as a juvenile.
Police said one of the teens admitted they shot him out of “boredom.”
Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Okla., on a baseball scholarship. He was in Duncan at the time of the shooting to visit his girlfriend, according to reports.