Two of the three teens who allegedly murdered college baseball player Chris Lane in Oklahoma “for the fun of it” have been charged with first-degree murder.
Michael Jones, 17, was charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.
But their parents protested their innocence.
Jennifer Luna, whose son is suspected of firing the fatal shot, claimed her son was at home saying: “My son is not that way. My son is a good kid.”
Lane, 22, a native Australian who had a scholarship at an Oklahoma college to play baseball and major in finance, was gunned down while jogging through the town of Duncan, Oklahoma.
Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has urged Australian tourists to boycott the US in the wake of the murder.
Fischer said he was deeply angered by the latest tragedy and said turning our backs on America would help send a stern message about the need for tighter gun control.
Fischer led Australia’s strict gun control scheme alongside former prime minister John Howard in 1996.