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April 6, 2014

Luna defense attorneys face contempt charge

DUNCAN — Two Oklahoma City attorneys who represent a suspect in the killing of Australian Christopher Lane are scheduled to appear in Stephens County District Court on the charge of contempt of court for talking to reporters.

James Berry and Howard Berry Jr. will go before District Judge Joe Enos at 10 a.m. April 28.

The attorneys represent 17-year-old Chancey Allen Luna,  one of three teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of  Lane.

The attorneys, who are cousins, spoke to media outside the courtroom following a preliminary hearing Feb. 4 in Duncan. They suggested to reporters Lane’s killing was not premeditated because Luna didn’t realize the gun used to shoot the college baseball player was loaded when it was fired.

 Luna and codefendant Michael Jones have pleaded not guilty in the case.

Enos placed attorneys and others involved in the case under a gag order following the arrest of the suspects last August.

 James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, the third suspect in the case, has agreed to testify against Luna and Jones as part of a plea bargain to reduce the first-degree murder charge he faces.

  The charge against him will be reduced from murder in the first degree to youthful offender accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.

Jones and Luna are scheduled for the August trial docket. Edwards is set to appear in court May 13 for his preliminary hearing.

The gag order remains in place for everyone connected to the first-degree murder cases.

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