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June 17, 2014

Lane suspect due in court

DUNCAN — James B. Edwards Jr., the suspect in the Chris  Lane murder case who has agreed to testify for the state, is scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

  Edwards, 16, is one of three charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in August of Lane, an Australian who had come to Oklahoma to play college baseball.

 The first-degree murder charge against Edwards  is to be reduced if he cooperates in the state’s prosecution of the two other murder suspects, according to court testimony.

 Edwards testified in February he was in the passenger seat of a car driven by Michael Jones when he heard a gunshot fired from the backseat, where Chancey Luna was seated.

 Edwards testified after the shooting Luna and Jones spoke as if they didn’t think the handgun used to kill Lane was loaded.

Lane, 22,  was jogging along a road in Duncan when he was fatally wounded. He was in Duncan with his girlfriend to visit her family when he was killed. The couple had just returned from a trip to Australia before Lane was shot.

  A fourth suspect in the case, Oddesse Barnes, was charged in April with helping hide the .22 caliber handgun used to kill Lane, who was attending East Central University in Ada on a baseball scholarship.

 

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