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Duncan teenager accused of firing fatal shot denies involvement

Prosecutors allege Chancey Luna pulled the trigger in the thrill killing of an Australian baseball player Aug. 16 in Duncan, OK.
by Nolan Clay Published: August 27, 2013

The teen accused of firing the shot that killed an Australian baseball player is claiming he wasn't involved.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, was identified by the district attorney during a court hearing last week as the shooter. But he has told both his court-appointed defense attorney and his family that he wasn't.

His attorney, Jim Berry of Oklahoma City, told The Oklahoman on Monday, “As of right now, he is expressing that he had no involvement in the shooting.”

Luna was one of three Duncan teens charged after Christopher Lane, 22, was shot in the back while jogging Aug. 16.

Luna and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, were charged with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.

Both murder defendants have been accused of violent acts before, The Oklahoman has learned.

Luna was accused of assault in 2011, and Edwards was accused of assault and battery in 2012, sources said. Edwards also has been accused twice of threatening an act of violence — in May 2011 and March 2012.

Jones was accused of drug possession in June and auto burglary in February, sources said.

Luna told police hours after the shooting “that he was not there and that he was not aware of the shooting until an officer told him,” police reported in a court affidavit. That remains his defense.

“As far as a defense is concerned, at this point, we have absolutely no involvement in any shooting,” said his attorney, Berry, who spoke with him Thursday. “He has been arrested, but what he has been arrested on? It's the uncorroborated … statement of an alleged accomplice. That's all it is.”

Luna's grandfather said the teen has expressed the same thing to his family in a phone conversation from jail. “We already had gotten word from him that he said he didn't,” said Rick Bumpas, of Duncan.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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