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March 18, 2014

Arraignment approaches for Duncan teens

DUNCAN — Two Duncan teenagers charged in the shooting death of Australian native Christopher Lane will appear for their arraignment Thursday in Stephens County District Court.

Chancey Allen Luna, 17, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, last week were bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges by Judge Jerry Herberger.

Lane died from a single gunshot wound Aug. 16, 2013, while jogging near the intersection of Country Club Road and Twilight Beach. Lane, who was attending East Central University in Ada on a baseball scholarship, was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend, Sarah Harper.

On Wednesday, Luna and Jones appeared for the second part of their preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing began Feb. 4, after being delayed from the initial November 2013 date.

In the first day of the preliminary hearing, a third defendant, James Francis Edwards Jr., appeared in court as a witness for the prosecution. Edwards was charged with first-degree murder like Luna and Jones, but his charge may be reduced to youthful offender accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree if he continues to provide testimony for the state.

Edwards did not appear in court last week.

At the end of the preliminary hearing, Herberger bound the Luna and Jones over for trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

Luna and Jones are scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Thursday in Stephens County District Court in front of District Judge Joe Enos. They remain in Stephens County Jail.

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