Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Z_CNHI News Service

August 23, 2013

Murder tarnishes image of 'Duncan, U.S.A.'

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DUNCAN, Okla. —

A sister of the black defendant said court officials acted with prejudice against the teens “of color," in part because they were denied bond while it was set at $1 million for the white teen.

Betty Greer, a Duncan resident who is black, said is sad for Lane's family, as well as those of the three teens. But while racial tension exists most everywhere, said Greer, she hasn’t felt any during her many years here.

“I don’t feel it, and I’m praying it doesn’t come to that because we don’t need it,” she said.

Duncan Mayor Gene Brown, who is black, expresses a similar sentiment.

“The thing I was thinking mostly about is trying to get people to understand that regardless of this sad time, we still have to keep a positive attitude and move forward,” he said. “We still have a great community, we just had a tragedy happen.”

Mike Smith writes for the Duncan Banner.

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