Oklahoma Officials Respond to Christopher Lane Murder

Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) discussed the horrific killing of 22-year old Christopher Lane, an Australian college student in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship.  According to police, Lane was picked at random by three teens and shot in the back while out for a jog - because the teens said they were “bored.”  Despite racist tweets allegedly posted by one of the teens charged with the murder, Hicks says he is not treating this as a hate crime, saying “there’s nothing inside the files, and the audio, and the reports we’ve been given, that would lead us to believe that Christopher Lane was killed simply because of his nationality, or because of his race.”  Hicks described the suspects as “thugs” saying that “some of the information that we have indicates that they ran loose at an apartment complex here, and really had no parental supervision.”  

Governor Fallin said that the murder has “shaken our state down to the core.”  Asked whether President Obama should speak out on this case the way he did Trayvon Martin, Governor Fallin said “it would be a nice gesture for him to do that, and especially since the country of Australia has expressed their sentiments as to the murder itself.”