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August 22, 2013

Murder weapon still missing

Affidavit: Jones tells police he would be killed if he talked


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — After Michael Dewayne Jones was arrested Friday for the first degree murder of Australian Christopher Lane, he told a Duncan investigator that if he talked he would be killed, according to the affidavit filed in his case.

On Tuesday, Jones, 17, was not charged with first degree murder but was charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact. He was driving the car Friday that was used in the murder of Lane. With Jones were Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Edwards, 15, who both face first-degree murder charges. They also appeared in Stephens County District Court Tuesday.

An hour after the three boys had been taken to the Stephens County Jail, Jones told a jailer he wanted to talk with Lt. Joe Shoemake. Jones was taken to the interview room of the sheriff’s office and then told he didn’t want to talk but wanted to know if his father and a lawyer showed up, would someone at the police department talk to him.

According to the affidavit, Shoemake said he Jones wasn’t going to talk, he would take him back to the cell. Jones said he couldn’t tell the detective who shot Lane because if he did, “he would get killed.”

As Jones was being escorted back to his cell, Shoemake talked to him and said they needed to find the gun so a child wouldn’t find it and get hurt. Jones told him that the gun had been given to someone else.

“Someone that had two brothers inside the jail,” Jones said, according to the affidavit.

Shoemake said that could be a lot of people.

Jones, according to the affidavit, responded, “He has two brothers in here for armed robbery.”

At that point, Shoemake indicated it was an individual in the community and Jones said, “I did not say that.”

That’s when Shoemake was able to find out from Jones what type of gun was used.

Police are still looking for a .22 caliber revolver. Jones told officers he hid the gun inside the cold air induction of his 2003 black Ford Focus, but when officers searched the car they did not find the murder weapon.

What they did find in their search was a .22 caliber bullet located under the cold air inductor, a large amount of .22 LR and .22 short bullets inside the main fuse box and one spent .22 LR case under the back seat cushion. Also a 12 gauge disassembled shotgun was found in the trunk of the car under the spare tire, all listed in the affidavit.

Officers visited the individual they believed might have had the gun, who gave them permission to search his residence. No gun was located. The man told Sgt. Danny Foraker that all three boys had come to his house, but he did not want to get involved.

The affidavit noted that the boys left the residence and did not leave a gun there.