By The Banner staff
The Duncan Banner
Court dates have been pushed back for two of three Duncan teenagers charged in the Aug. 16 shooting death of Australian Christopher Lane.
Chancey Luna, 16, and James Edwards Jr., now 16, are charged with first-degree murder in Lane’s death while 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones is charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact.
A preliminary hearing for Jones was set for Oct. 2, but Monday, his attorney filed a motion seeking to have him certified as a juvenile instead of a youthful offender as he is currently charged. As a youthful offender, Jones is treated as an adult defendant at least through any sentencing phase.
Jones’ attorney, Sue Taylor, then sought a delay in the Oct. 2 hearing so Jones can be evaluated to help determine if he should be certified as a juvenile. Jones has waived his right to a speedy trial and a judge rescheduled the preliminary hearing for Nov. 6.
Edwards’ next court appearance had been set for Oct. 17 but because of a scheduling conflict with his attorney — Al Hoch Jr. — it has been rescheduled for Nov. 20.
A preliminary hearing for Luna is still set for Oct. 17.
Authorities say the three teens were inside a car with Jones at the wheel on Aug. 16 when they spotted Lane jogging along Country Club Road. Prosecutors allege they drove by and Luna shot Lane in the back with a .22-caliber revolver.