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Hearing set to begin in Australian baseball player's homicide

by Nolan Clay Modified: February 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014
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DUNCAN — A judge is set to begin hearing testimony Tuesday in a homicide case that has attracted international attention because the victim was a baseball player from Australia.

Three defendants are accused of fatally shooting the victim in the back because they were bored. Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger must decide if the evidence is sufficient against them for a trial.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, are charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 16 drive-by shooting. All three are from Duncan.

The victim, Christopher Lane, 22, was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend. Both had just returned from Australia. Lane, a senior at East Central University in Ada, was shot while jogging along a street.

The preliminary hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, unless winter weather forces another delay.

The hearing is expected to last most of Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. It is different from a trial because the judge likely will hear only from prosecution witnesses.

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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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