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Autopsy report is released in Duncan thrill killing

Autopsy report shows victim Christopher Lane died from a single shot that collapsed both lungs and caused extensive bleeding. The East Central University baseball player, who came to Oklahoma from Australia, was shot to death while jogging Aug. 16 in Duncan.
by Nolan Clay Modified: August 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013

DUNCAN — Australian shooting victim Christopher Lane didn't have a chance.

Lane, 22, was shot in the back Aug. 16, while jogging on a city street. A report on his autopsy reveals in detail the devastation that single shot caused.

Lane was hit in the left side of his back and the small-caliber bullet passed forward, upward and to the right.

The bullet first broke a rib. It then punched holes in his left lung, his aorta, his esophagus, the pulmonary artery and his right lung. Finally, it broke another rib. Both lungs collapsed and he bled extensively.

The Oklahoma medical examiner's office released the report Tuesday. The official cause of death is “penetrating gunshot wound to back.” The official manner of death is homicide.

Two teens are charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting. A third teen is charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.

Prosecutors allege the gun used in the random attack was a .22-caliber revolver.

Also Tuesday, prosecutors, law enforcement agents and defense attorneys were banned from making further comments to the press about the case.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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