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Oklahoma teen charged with murder in killing of Australian student

Mr Peter Lane (centre, right), father of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, is surrounded by friends and family outside St Therese's Parish at Chris's funeral in Melbourne on August 2
Mr Peter Lane (centre, right), father of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, is surrounded by friends and family outside St Therese's Parish at Chris's funeral in Melbourne on August 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
The coffin of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, is carried out of St Therese's Parish after his funeral in Melbourne on Aug 28, 2013. Lane, 22, was in the US on a baseball scholarshi
The coffin of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, is carried out of St Therese's Parish after his funeral in Melbourne on Aug 28, 2013. Lane, 22, was in the US on a baseball scholarship and was jogging in Duncan when he was shot in the back and left to die on the side of the road on Aug 16. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Mourners line the street outside the St Therese's Parish for the funeral of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, during services in Melbourne on Aug 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Mourners line the street outside the St Therese's Parish for the funeral of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was killed in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan in the US, during services in Melbourne on Aug 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this undated file photo provided by the Essendon Baseball Club, player Chris Lane wears his baseball equipment, in Australia. The Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighbourhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenag
In this undated file photo provided by the Essendon Baseball Club, player Chris Lane wears his baseball equipment, in Australia. The Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighbourhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Combination photo shows three teenage boys (left to right): James Francis Edwards Jr, 15, Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photos released on Aug 20, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: RE
Combination photo shows three teenage boys (left to right): James Francis Edwards Jr, 15, Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photos released on Aug 20, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, is shown in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photo released on Aug 20, 2013. Jones was charged with first-degree murder as an adult and denied bond during a preliminary hearing at a Duncan, Oklahoma, cour
Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, is shown in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photo released on Aug 20, 2013. Jones was charged with first-degree murder as an adult and denied bond during a preliminary hearing at a Duncan, Oklahoma, courthouse. Two other suspects have been charged with murder and face hearings later in November. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (REUTERS) - One of three teens accused of killing an Australian student from an Oklahoma university was charged on Wednesday with murder and may have been involved in a shooting earlier that day and another the night before, prosecutors said.

Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with first-degree murder as an adult and denied bond during a preliminary hearing at a Duncan, Oklahoma, courthouse. Two other suspects have been charged with murder and face hearings later in November.

The teens are accused of killing Christopher Lane, 23, of Melbourne, who was shot in the back in August while jogging on a residential street in Duncan. Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, on a baseball scholarship.

Jones had been previously charged as a youthful offender with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact in Lane's death. Prosecutors had said previously that Jones drove a car following Lane.

Stevens County District Attorney Jason Hicks did not elaborate during the court hearing about the possible additional shootings, but said they justified that Jones be denied bond. A gag order has been placed on the case.

"We believe total denial of bond is appropriate in this case," Hicks said at the hearing, arguing that Jones may pose a threat to the community. "This defendant may have been involved in another shooting earlier in the day and the night before."

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr, 15, have been charged as adults with first degree murder and have court dates later in November as does Jones.

According to police, Jones had said the teens had decided to kill someone "for the fun of it" in Duncan, a small town about 130km south of Oklahoma City.

Police have said Jones told them they saw Lane jogging, decided to target him and then followed him in their vehicle before shooting him.

The teens face possible sentences of life in prison without parole if convicted. People who commit capital crimes before age 18 cannot be sentenced to death in the United States.

Jones' previous attorney is no longer representing him, and he appeared in court Wednesday with no attorney. His parents as well as Luna's mother attended Wednesday's hearing, but declined to comment.