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Preliminary hearing is delayed in Duncan slaying of Australian

The preliminary hearing for the three teenagers accused of killing an Australian baseball player is being postponed to February
by Nolan Clay Published: November 19, 2013

DUNCAN — The preliminary hearing for the three teenagers accused of a thrill killing is being postponed to February.

The hearing is being reset from Wednesday to Feb. 4.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, 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. He was shot in the back while jogging along a street.

The shooting attracted international attention because Lane was from Australia. He was in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship.

Special Judge Jerry Herberger on Monday agreed to the delay to give defense attorneys more time to review information turned over by prosecutors this month.

Luna's defense attorneys told the judge that prosecutors on Nov. 8 gave them 53 discs “containing a gargantuan and voluminous amount of documentary, video, audio and photographic material.” The attorneys said they have spent hours going over the material “but still need more time.”

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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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The defendant's rights need to be protected from the sensational aspects of this case, and the preliminary hearing should be closed to prevent further damage to his rights.”

attorneys Jim Berry and Howard K.

Berry Jr.,


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