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US driver charged over Chris Lane murder

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Oklahoma prosecutors have charged 17-year-old Michael Jones with first degree murder for the drive-by shooting of Australian baseballer Chris Lane.

Jones, the alleged driver of the car, was originally charged with the lesser counts of use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of first degree murder.

Prosecutor Jason Hicks said Jones may have been involved in two other shootings.

However, at a preliminary hearing in Duncan, Oklahoma, on Wednesday the upgraded charge was announced.

Prosecutors also want to charge Jones as an adult.

Jones’ co-accused, James Edwards Jr, 16, and Chancey Luna, 16, face first-degree murder charges and will be tried as adults.

Edwards Jr and Luna will have their preliminary hearings later this month.

Jones allegedly told police Lane was randomly selected and murdered on August 16 because he and the two other boys were bored.

Melbourne-born Lane, a member of an Oklahoma college baseball team, was jogging along a residential street when he suffered a fatal gun shot in the back.