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May 6, 2014

Attorneys’ contempt arraignment continued for third time

DUNCAN — A contempt hearing for two Oklahoma City attorneys has been continued for the third time since charges were levied against them for allegedly violating a gag order.

Jim Berry and Howard Berry Jr. did not appear in Stephens County District Court on Monday for their contempt hearing. The attorneys, who are also cousins, represent Chancey Allen Luna, who is one of three suspects charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Australian native Christopher Lane in August 2013.

Charges were filed against the pair of attorneys for after the Feb. 4 after the first portion of the Feb. 4 preliminary hearing for Luna, Michael Dewayne Jones and James Francis Edwards Jr. The attorneys appeared outside the courtroom Feb. 4 following the preliminary hearing to talk with local, state and international media sources.

The Berrys have pleaded not guilty to the contempt charge. The arraignment for the contempt charge was initially set for April 8. But in subsequent weeks, the arraignment was continued to April 28 and May 5. Before Monday’s hearing date, the last time the arraignment was continued was April 10, two days after the initial court date.

On Monday, the arraignment was continued once again, although the continuation date has not yet been filed with the Stephens County Court Clerks Office. The Berrys were set to go before Special District Judge Jerry Herberger for their arraignment.

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