Investigators in Christopher Lane's slaying found drug use evidence in car

Investigators found evidence of drug use and a spent .22-caliber bullet casing in the car said to have been used in the shooting death of Australian Christopher Lane. Lane, a baseball player for East Central University in Ada, was shot to death Aug. 16 while jogging in Duncan.
by Nolan Clay Published: August 29, 2013
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Investigators found a single .22-caliber bullet under an air intake box during a search around the car's engine. They found numerous .22-caliber bullets inside a fuse box in the engine area.

Inside the glove box were a cellphone, a video recorder and a 16-gauge shotgun shell.

Police believe Lane was shot at 2:56 p.m. on Aug. 16, based on a 911 call. A surveillance video recording shows Edwards arrived at the courthouse in the Ford Focus at 3:21 p.m. Aug. 16.

The recording shows Edwards hugging another male. Edwards is later seen with his father in an assistant district attorney's office on his juvenile case.

In a request of a search of the car, the district attorney's chief investigator told a judge, “Your affiant believes that once Edwards, Jones and Luna drove past Christopher Lane and fired the shot at Lane, the three suspects drove to the back of the Duncan Inn Motel and waited 11 minutes and then drove a short distance and then proceeded to the Stephens County Courthouse where your affiant observed James Edwards after 4 p.m. in the district attorney's office.”

The inventory of the car search and the investigator's affidavit for the search warrant were filed at the Stephens County court clerk's office.

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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