DUNCAN — In a chilling new detail, the teenager who confessed to a role in a thrill killing recalled the victim screamed as he was shot, court records show.
Three Duncan teenagers were charged in the fatal Aug. 16 shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane.
Investigators have obtained evidence from the three defendants' Facebook accounts, the court records show.
Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, were charged with first-degree murder.
Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.
The victim was shot in the back as he jogged along a street. Lane, 22, was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend.
Jones discussed the shooting in a police interview Aug. 18, two days after he was arrested. Duncan's police chief revealed in August that Jones said the victim was targeted because the three were bored.
In that Aug. 18 interview, Jones admitted he was driving.
“Jones advised that Chancey Luna had fired the shot that struck Christopher Lane and that Jones heard Christopher Lane scream as the shot was fired,” an investigator wrote in court papers.
The investigator, Justin Scott, works for the district attorney. He revealed the new detail in several requests made last month to a judge for permission to do searches for evidence.
The investigator also reported to the judge that Jones claimed he concealed the gun several minutes after the shooting in a factory compartment under the hood of his Ford Focus.
Police, however, did not find the gun when the three were arrested hours after the shooting.
Prosecutors believe the gun used in the shooting is a .22-caliber revolver.
Police Chief Danny Ford has insisted the shooting was not gang related, although the chief has described the defendants as gang “wannabes.”
However, in some of the requests for Facebook records, the district attorney's investigator told the judge he “has determined that these social media outlets have been a source and avenue of posting of criminal-affiliated activities by posing and showing associations with gangs and firearms that are commonly associated with gang-affiliated activities.”
In Facebook photos, Luna and Edwards appear to flash gang signs.
Edwards' Facebook page also had photos posted in May of stacks of hundred dollar bills, a handgun and Edwards holding a rifle.
Investigators also have collected as evidence cellphone text messages and Luna's Twitter account, the court records show.
Luna has a history of fighting, did poorly in school, dropped out and talked about joining the Army, The New York Times reported Sept. 30.
“He would say to me that there ain't nothing to do here. Nothing,” his mother, Jennifer Luna, told The Times.
Luna has denied involvement in the shooting.