President Obama should express condolences for the Australian baseball player killed this week in Oklahoma, that state’s governor said Sunday.
“I think it would be a nice gesture for him to do that, especially since the country of Australia has expressed its sentiments as to the murder itself,” Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
Christopher Lane was killed in a shooting by three teenagers while he was jogging. The teens said they killed him because they were bored.
Two of the teenagers involved in Lane’s slaying were black. Conservatives have noted that one of the teens, James Edwards, sent out tweets that he hated white people on his Twitter account.
But Jason Hicks, the district attorney for Stephens County, where Lane was killed, said there was no evidence to treat the case as a hate crime.
“There's nothing inside the files or the audio that we've been given that would lead us to believe that Christopher Lane was killed simply because of his nationality or his race,” said Hicks, who also noted that a hate crime was a misdemeanor in Oklahoma.
In terms of the tweets, Hicks said: “I don't have any evidence in my possession at this time that would allow me to prove that that account was actually owned by Edwards or that Edwards was the one who actually tweeted those statements.”