Trial set in fatal shooting of Australian baseball player in Oklahoma

Two are charged with first-degree murder in fatal shooting of Australian baseball player who was jogging in Duncan, Oklahoma.
by Nolan Clay Modified: March 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014

A jury trial has been scheduled for Aug. 18 for two of the murder defendants accused in the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player.

Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a first-degree murder charge.

A third defendant, James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, testified against his friends in February in exchange for the eventual dismissal of his murder case. He will be prosecuted as an accessory instead.

All three are from Duncan.

Stephens County District Judge Joe Enos scheduled the trial during an arraignment Thursday morning.

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.

Edwards testified in February at the preliminary hearing that Luna fired the gun from a car driven by Jones.

Luna is expected to ask for the trial to be moved away from Duncan. Both Luna and Jones also may seek separate trials.

Such requests could lead to a delay in the trial, possibly into 2015.

If convicted at trial, each faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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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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