Teens charged in death of Australian due in court

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 12, 2014
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DUNCAN — Two Oklahoma teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma are due in court.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chris Lane and are due in court Wednesday for the completion of their preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Lane was gunned down as he jogged last summer while visiting his girlfriend’s parents in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was preparing for his senior season at East Central University when he died.

Another teenager, 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr., agreed to testify against his co-defendants if prosecutors reduce charges against him. He said last month that Luna shot and killed Lane from a car driven by Jones.

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