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April 15, 2014

Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon

DUNCAN — The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged a fourth person in the Christopher Lane murder case.

Oddesse John David Barnes, 22, of Duncan, was charged with helping two other suspects hide the .22 caliber revolver that was used to kill Lane on Aug. 16, when he was  shot while jogging down a street in Duncan.

Barnes pleaded not guilty, the district attorney’s office said.

He faces five to 45 years in prison if found guilty on the charge of being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

  A preliminary hearing conference for Barnes will be at 9 a.m. June 4 in Stephens County District Court. He pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $150,000.

Lane, an Australia native, was attending East Central University in Ada on a baseball scholarship and was visiting Duncan, where his girlfriend and her parents live.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, have been charged with murder in the first degree for Lane’s death.

A third suspect, James Francis Edwards Jr., 16,  also is charged with first-degree murder, but his charges may be reduced to accessory after the fact of murder in the first-degree as a youthful offender if he testifies against Luna and Jones during their trials, which are scheduled for August.

During a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing, Edwards testified he made a phone call around Thanksgiving about disposing of the revolver used in Lane’s slaying, but he said he didn’t talk with Jones or Luna about the weapon, which hasn’t been recovered.

Edwards also testified he had  no prior knowledge a shooting was going to take place. Edwards said he had accepted a ride from Jones, and that Luna was seated in the rear of the car when he heard a gunshot fired from the back seat.

Edwards said he was in the front passenger seat rolling a marijuana cigarette when the fatal gunshot was fired from an open window in the car. He said after the shooting that Jones and Luna said they thought the gun wasn’t loaded.

 

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