WASHINGTON - Two US teenagers who shot dead an Australian baseball player because they were "bored" were charged with murder on Tuesday, local authorities said.
Chris Lane, 22, was shot in the back while out jogging on Friday and left to die after being randomly targeted by the teenagers in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan.
"They were bored and just wanted to see someone die," Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford was quoted as saying by ABCNews.com.
Prosecutors charged James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, with first degree murder, a crime punishable by death in Oklahoma.
A third teen, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and acting as an accessory after the fact.
The three teenagers were arrested after analysis of surveillance video picked up the car they had been driving.
Affidavits obtained by AFP revealed that a search of Jones' car had uncovered a .22 caliber bullet hidden inside the air conditioning unit, and a quantity of .22 ammunition hidden in a fuse box.
The shooting has shocked the small rural town of Duncan and made national headlines in Australia.
Ford told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Lane, a promising athlete studying at Oklahoma's East Central University on a baseball scholarship, had been targeted at random.
"He apparently was jogging. He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him," Ford said.
"Came up from behind and basically shot him in the back with a small caliber weapon, then sped away."