The trial regarding last year’s fatal shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane is currently underway.
Lane, a 22-year-old senior on scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, was visiting his girlfriend last August in the nearby town of Duncan. He was shot in the back while jogging along a road.
In a recent testimony, 16-year-old murder defendant Chancey Luna admitted that he believed the gun used in the incident had been loaded with blanks.
“I thought there was supposed to be blanks in the gun,” Luna said, straightforwardly.
The shooting took place while Luna was riding in a vehicle with two other young men, 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. and 18-year-old Michael Jones. Jones was driving the vehicle, Edwards was in the passenger’s seat and Luna was seated in the back. Luna allegedly fired the gun out of the back seat window towards Lane.
Edwards agreed with Luna's testimony, also claiming that he believed the gun was loaded with blanks. Edwards, however, faces additional charges of accessory after the fact for allegedly calling someone from jail in an attempt to have the gun destroyed. According to the Huffington Post, Edwards’ murder charges may be dropped for his cooperation in testifying against the other suspects.
NewsOK reports that Edwards even admitted that he had been talking to Luna in jail.
“[Luna] just said that he didn’t mean to shoot him. That’s, you know, pretty much it,” Edwards said regarding his discussions with Luna.
This particular shooting case has gained notoriety throughout the local community because of the shooter and his accomplices’ lackadaisical attitude towards the event. When asked why he and his friends shot Lane, Jones gave “no other reason than boredom,” the New York Daily News reports.
The judge’s ruling against Edwards has been postponed until May so that the defendant can be appointed an attorney.
The Canadian government is launching a $1.3-billion free market initiative later this week which will provide 450,000 Canadians with quality medical marijuana. Health Canada is eliminating an old system that basically relied on homegrown medical marijuana
Under the new system, large indoor marijuana farms which are certified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized grass. The pot will be sold for whatever price the market will bear.
“We’re fairly confident that we’ll have a healthy commercial industry in time,” said Sophie Galarneau, a senior official with the department. “It’s a whole other ball game. We expect that over time, prices will be driven down by the free market. The lower price range will likely be around $3 a gram. ... It’s hard to predict.” Health Canada currently sells medical marijuana for $5 a gram.
This program will be kicking off even as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign to legalize recreational marijuana has been facing increasing scrutiny. Growers who are able to obtain licenses under the new system will be in good shape if marijuana does become legalized for recreational use.
Eric Nash of Island Harvest in Duncan, B.C., has applied for one of the new licenses. “The opportunity in the industry is significant,” he said. “We’ll see a lot of moving and shaking within the industry, with companies positioning. And I think we’ll see some mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances formed. It’ll definitely yield benefits to the consumers and certainly for the economy and society in general.”
156 firms have already applied for the lucrative new licenses, The Globe And Mail reported.