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UPDATE: Teens ordered to trial in Australian player death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The teens were arrested in connection to the August 2013 homicide of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.

Australian baseball player Chris Lane was gunned down while jogging in Duncan, Okla. (Courtesy East Central University)

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Duncan, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma judge says two teenagers charged with first-degree murder must face a trial in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player. Prosecutors say a third suspect will testify against them.

Police and prosecutors say the boys targeted 22-year-old Christopher Lane last August as a way to overcome a boring summer afternoon. Sixteen-year-old Chancey Luna and 18-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones were ordered to stand trial, and prosecutors said 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. will testify against them and be charged with a lesser crime.

Edwards earlier said that Luna fired the fatal shot while Jones drove the three around town. Edwards testified at an earlier hearing that Luna and Jones both said they believed the gun used in the killing held blanks, not a live round.


Previous Story: September 24, 2013

The attorneys for one of three Oklahoma teens charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player are asking that their client be tried as a juvenile.

Michael Dewayne Jones is charged with being an accessory to murder in last month's shooting death of Christopher Lane. Jones, who is 17, is now charged as a youthful offender in adult court.

The Duncan Banner reports (http://bit.ly/14DYI0T ) that Jones' attorneys filed a motion Monday asking that their client be certified as a juvenile. If convicted as a juvenile, Jones could be released from custody when he's 18.

Two other teens are charged as adults with first-degree murder in Lane's death.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a judge delayed Jones' preliminary hearing until Nov. 6. It had been set for next week.


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