Australian slain in Oklahoma buried Wednesday in Melbourne

By ROD McGUIRK, AP Published: August 28, 2013

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, both of Duncan, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, also of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.

Although the autopsy report will be a critical piece of evidence that supports police and prosecutors' theory about how Lane was shot, it does nothing to specifically link the three defendants to the killing, said Art LeFrancois, a criminal law professor at Oklahoma City University's School of Law.

“It certainly is significant that the autopsy thus far does not seem to contradict or seem to be inconsistent with the theory that the police have of the case,” LeFrancois said. “It would have been troubling and problematic for the prosecution if the autopsy was inconsistent with the police's case.”

Luna's attorney, Jim Berry, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his client was not involved in the shooting, but declined further comment. Edwards' attorney, Al Hoch, and District Attorney Jason Hicks also declined to discuss the case, citing a gag order the judge in the case issued Tuesday.

Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger's gag order prohibits police, prosecutors and defense attorneys from discussing the case publicly.

In the days after the slaying, Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford said the older boy told investigators that the three were “bored” and decided to kill someone for the “fun of it.”

Lane moved to Oklahoma to play baseball. He would have been a senior at East Central University and hoped to enter the real estate business.

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Associated Press writer Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.


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