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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

/articleid/3876406/1/pictures/2149193">Photo - Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron gestures towards a broken rib on his left side as he talks with reporters in the team locker room, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Boston. Bergeron played through a multiple injuries including a broken rib, separated shoulder and hole in his lung during the Stanley Cup Championship. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron gestures towards a broken rib on his left side as he talks with reporters in the team locker room, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Boston. Bergeron played through a multiple injuries including a broken rib, separated shoulder and hole in his lung during the Stanley Cup Championship. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the gag order in an effort to assure fair trials. A defense attorney first suggested it.

The judge also scheduled the preliminary hearing for Oct. 17.

Gag orders are unusual, but the shooting has been the focus of widespread attention across the United States and in Australia.

District Attorney Jason Hicks and Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford already have commented repeatedly about the case to the media.

Hicks has called the defendants thugs and described the shooting as a thrill killing. The police chief has told reporters one of the three teens claimed Lane was killed because they were bored.

Lane first came to Oklahoma from Melbourne to play baseball on scholarship at Redlands Community College in El Reno. The catcher then went to East Central University in Ada and hoped to work in real estate when he graduated.

He was wearing a gray “Redlands Baseball” T-shirt when he was shot, the autopsy report shows.

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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