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June 5, 2014

Barnes appears in court

DUNCAN — With the exception of time, not much was gained when a Duncan man appeared for his preliminary hearing conference Wednesday.

Oddesse Barnes, who is charged as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, appeared in Stephens County Court before presiding Special District Judge Jerry Herberger. Barnes appeared with his attorney Perry Hudson.

Barnes, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, had his hands and feet shackled during the hearing conference. By the end of his appearance, another preliminary hearing conference had been set for 9 a.m. July 30.

Barnes, 22, is accused of hiding the gun used in the shooting of Australian native Christopher Lane. Lane died from a single-gunshot wound Aug. 16, 2013 near the intersection of Country Club Road and Twilight Beach. Lane was in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship to East Central University in Ada and was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend.

The charge accessory after the fact to first-degree murder carries a penalty of five to 45 years in prison if Barnes is found guilty of the charge.

Duncan teenagers Michael Dewayne Jones, Chancey Allen Luna and James Francis Edwards Jr. are all charged as adults facing first-degree murder. Edwards’ charge may be reduced to youthful offender as an accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree if he testifies against Jones and Luna during trial. The trial for Jones and Luna is set to begin in August.

Barnes remains in the custody of the Stephens County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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