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Duncan police suspect murder weapon in 'thrill killing' came from pawnshop burglary

Duncan, OK, police still are searching for .22-caliber revolver used in the drive-by shooting that left Christopher Lane dead.
by Nolan Clay Modified: August 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm •  Published: August 24, 2013

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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.

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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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