Target: Jason Hicks, Stephens County District Attorney
Goal: Charge suspect who shot baseball player with first-degree murder
The senseless killing of baseball player Chris Lane by three teenagers in Oklahoma has sparked much discussion and debate nationwide. Chris Lane was out for a jog in Duncan, Oklahoma, when three boys ages 15, 16, and 17 allegedly shot and killed him for no other apparent reason than boredom. The boys followed Lane in a car, and one boy shot him as they drove by. A bystander saw Lane struggling and called 911; he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chauncey Luna, 16, have been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Michael Jones, 17, who drove the car, has been charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon, and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree.
Although only one of the boys pulled the trigger, all three played a role in the planning and execution of the act. It is unfair that two of the suspects face a murder charge, while one does not. If found guilty, all three of them should have the chance of getting life in prison, not just two of them. Tell the Stephens County District Attorney’s office that Michael Jones should be charged with first degree murder along with the other two suspects James Edwards Jr. and Chauncey Luna.
Dear District Attorney Hicks,
On August 20, 2013, baseball player Chris Lane was gunned down while out for a jog in Duncan, OK. As you know, Lane’s murder has sparked much political debate and discussion about a variety of topics, mostly related to the three teenage suspects in the case. Of the three suspects, only Chauncey Luna and James Edwards Jr. are being charged with first degree murder, while Michael Jones is charged with the lesser offenses of use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon, and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree. As the Stephens County DA, you must charge Michael Jones with the same offense as Edwards and Luna.
Although only one of these boys allegedly pulled the trigger, all three planned and executed the crime together, with Jones playing the major role of the driver. What these three boys allegedly did was senseless and tragic, and none of them deserve to be charged with anything less than first-degree murder. If found guilty, all three boys should face the same punishment. It is important that all three suspects have the same charges brought against them and go through the same fair trial.
[Your Name Here]
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