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DUNCAN — Police suspect the .22-caliber revolver used in the “thrill killing” of an Australian baseball player came from a Stigler pawnshop burglarized in February, The Oklahoman has learned.
Police on Friday had not yet recovered the gun.
“We have some things that we're checking into,” Duncan Police Capt. Jay Evans said Friday about the efforts to recover the gun.
Three teenagers are accused in the drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, 22, who came to Oklahoma to play college baseball.
Lane was shot in the back Aug. 16 while jogging in Duncan, where he was visiting his girlfriend. He attended East Central University in Ada. His body was back in Australia on Friday.
Charged with first-degree murder are James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, both of Duncan.
Charged with being an accessory to murder and with use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon is Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan.
The police captain explained Friday to The Oklahoman why police suspect the gun used in the shooting may have come from the pawnshop.
Evans said some of the stolen guns ended up in Duncan.
Police recovered one of the stolen guns in a search of a rundown house on Country Club Road during an armed robbery investigation earlier this year.
Police arrested four suspects after three Duncan convenience stores were robbed in March. Police also found a Halloween mask used in the robberies inside the rundown house, another official told The Oklahoman.
Evans said that house is the same one where Edwards, Luna and Jones were the afternoon of Aug. 16 when Lane jogged by and they went after him. The police captain described the three teenagers as acquaintances of the suspects in the armed robbery cases.
Edwards, Luna and Jones attended a preliminary hearing Aug. 13 in the armed robbery cases, officials told The Oklahoman.
A rifle and 30 handguns were stolen in the Feb. 13 burglary of City Gun & Pawn in Stigler, federal authorities said.
Evans said a list of the missing weapons includes a .22-caliber revolver.
Also Friday, District Attorney Jason Hicks released the short recording of the 911 call that led to the arrests of Edwards, Luna and Jones about four hours after the shooting.
The caller, James Johnson, asked for an officer to come to 111 W Ash in Duncan because of “young kids over here with some guns.” He reported they had threatened in a text message to kill a guy in the house.
Johnson later told an Australian newspaper he called police because his son, Christopher, 17, “called me and said, ‘They're saying they're coming to kill me.'”
The district attorney also said again Friday — this time in a news release — that evidence does not show that Lane was targeted because he was white even though “social media postings allegedly made by some of the accused appear racial in nature.”
“The evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive in the murder of Christopher Lane,” Hicks said.
He issued the news release because of continuing questions about why he is not prosecuting the offense as a hate crime.
Hicks also explained in the news release that he could only file a misdemeanor over the first offense against a victim due to race or nationality. The maximum punishment upon conviction for a first offense is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.