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July 16, 2014

Contempt charge dropped in Lane murder case

DUNCAN — Contempt charges have been dismissed against two Oklahoma City attorneys who represent a suspect in the killing of Australian ballplayer Christopher Lane.

The contempt charges were dropped  after Assistant District Attorney Cortnie Siess filed a motion to dismiss.

In the motion to dismiss the contempt action, Siess stated the defense attorneys have agreed to stop making comments to the media about the case.

The lawyers, James Berry and Howard Berry Jr.,  caused a stir on Feb. 4 when they spoke to TV and print reporters and suggested  Lane’s death  was not premeditated because their client, 17-year-old Chancey Allen Luna,  didn’t know the gun that killed Lane was loaded.

Lane, 22,  was fatally shot on Aug. 20 while jogging along a Duncan road.

Enos placed attorneys and others involved with the case under a gag order after the slaying.

Luna and codefendant Michael Jones have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

The cases against them are on the August trial docket, but their trials are not expected to take place until next year.

A first-degree murder charge against a third suspect, James Edwards Jr., was dismissed at the request of District Attorney Jason Hicks on June 17.

Edwards, 16,  still faces a charge in juvenile court of acting as an accessory for allegedly helping hide the handgun used to kill Lane, who was attending college in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship.


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