The grieving girlfriend of murdered Australian baseball
player Chris Lane has visited the site where he was shot in the
back in a random drive-by attack.
"I'm numb," Sarah Harper told AAP near the makeshift roadside
memorial of flowers and an Australian flag that has been
erected on Country Club Rd in Duncan, Oklahoma.
"It's hard to believe it is real."
As Ms Harper and Mr Lane's family in Melbourne grieve and the
parents of the boys accused of the killing deal with the
prospect of their young sons never being released from
prison, the Duncan Police Department have made what they
believe is a major breakthrough.
The oldest of the accused trio, a 17-year-old, allegedly
confessed he drove the car during the drive-by shooting and
his 16-year-old accomplice pulled the trigger of a handgun,
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said.
The teenagers, along with a 15-year-old, are being held in
the Stephens County Jail.
"At 3.30pm yesterday the 17-year-old advised a jailer he
wanted to talk," Chief Ford told AAP.
"He said he was the driver of the car.
"They saw Christopher jog by the house they were at, they
chose him to be the target, they got in the car, drove up
behind him and shot him in the back.
"He said the 16-year-old fired the shot."
The parents of two of the boys said on Monday they believe
their sons are innocent.
"I don't believe he was there because of the time frame," one
of the boy's mothers told reporters outside the Stephens
"I don't believe my son did it," the father of another boy
The boys are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday (Wednesday
A spokesperson for District Attorney Jason Hicks said the
charges are still being reviewed.
If convicted of first-degree murder, the boys face a maximum
sentence of life in prison.
The boys can be tried as adults, but the spokesperson said
because they are under the age of 18 they can't face the
Ms Harper said she wasn't thinking about the killers at the
"I don't really care what happens to them," she told
Australia's Nine Network.
"I feel that if they don't get what they deserve now in the
present they will eternally.
"They're evil people and they'll be taken care of
The parents of the accused sent their condolences to Mr
Lane's family in Australia and Ms Harper.
"My prayers go out to them," the father said.
"I have lost several of loved ones recently myself.
"I feel sorry for the individuals and family."
Mr Lane, 22, had been in the US on a baseball sports
scholarship with East Central University as the team's
He was going for a jog on Friday when he was shot in the
Witnesses saw him stumble across the road and then go down on
his knees before collapsing at the side of the road.
Mr Lane's father, Peter, has described his son's death as