DUNCAN — A judge has postponed to April the jury trial for the murder defendant accused of driving the car when an Australian baseball player was fatally shot.
The trial for Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, of Duncan, had been set for August.
Stephens County District Judge Joe Enos agreed to the delay Monday after Jones waived his right to a speedy trial.
The judge has not yet officially postponed the separate jury trial for Chancey Allen Luna, the murder defendant accused of firing the fatal shot. The trial for Luna, 17, of Duncan, also is expected to be reset from August to April.
The victim, Christopher Lane, 22, was shot in the back while jogging Aug. 16. He was a senior on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada. He was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend.
The case has attracted widespread attention in the United States and is being closely followed in Australia.
More delays in the case are possible. Defense attorneys are expected to push for the trials to be moved to another county because of pretrial publicity.
Also Monday, Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger dismissed a contempt citation against Luna’s attorneys.
Prosecutors had complained that attorneys Jim Berry and Howard K. Berry Jr. in February violated a “gag” order prohibiting comments to the media. Prosecutors Monday asked that the contempt citation be dismissed, telling the judge the defense attorneys have agreed “to refrain from any further communications with the media during the pendency of this matter.”