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Duncan murder suspects may have shot up vehicles first

Prosecutors could use evidence at preliminary hearing in March that disputes suspects’ testimony in Oklahoma slaying case.
by Nolan Clay Published: February 18, 2014

Two of the murder defendants accused of fatally shooting an Australian baseball player Aug. 16 may have shot a car and a pickup hours earlier, The Oklahoman has learned.

“Somebody shot at my car,” Noe Sanchez said Monday. “My neighbor, she told me it might be 4 o’clock in the morning. My brother — his pickup.”

The evidence of that earlier shooting could become important in the murder case to counter testimony that the fatal shooting of Christopher Lane was an accident.

Lane, 22, was shot in the back as he was jogging along a Duncan street shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 16. The case has attracted widespread attention because of its randomness. It is being closely followed in Australia.

Prosecutors allege Chancey Allen Luna fired the fatal shot from the back of a car. Prosecutors allege Michael Dewayne Jones was driving and intentionally swerved the car toward the victim.

Both Luna, 16, and Jones, 18, are charged with first-degree murder. Their preliminary hearing resumes in March in Stephens County District Court.

Also charged with first-degree murder is James Francis Edwards Jr., 16. Prosecutors, however, have agreed to dismiss the murder charge in exchange for his cooperation. He will be prosecuted instead as an accessory.

All three defendants are from Duncan.

Edwards testified against his two friends Feb. 4, saying he was a passenger in the car and was rolling a marijuana cigarette when the jogger was shot. He said Jones and Luna had just picked him up.

Luna later said, “I thought there was supposed to be blanks in the gun.” according to Edwards’ testimony. Jones replied, “Me, too. Sorry.”

Police have not recovered the .22-caliber revolver used in the fatal shooting.

Police reported that Sanchez, 46, thought the damage to his Chevrolet came from a small-caliber gun.

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