Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why, Just Why?

Okla. teens plead not guilty in Australian's death

In this photo shot through a courtroom door, defendant Chancey Luna, left, is led from the courtroom following a hearing in Duncan, Okla., on March 12, 2014. At right is defendant Michael Jones.

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma have pleaded not guilty and waived their right to a speedy trial.
Christopher LaneAP Photo: East Central University Communications & Marketing, Gina Smith, File
This file photo provided by East Central University shows Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna were arraigned Thursday in Stephens County on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.
Judge Joe Enos set a trial docket date of Aug. 18 for both teens.
Prosecutors say Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was gunned down last summer as he jogged in Duncan, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.
Another teenage defendant, 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr., agreed to testify against Jones and Luna if prosecutors reduce charges against him. He said last month that Luna shot and killed Lane from a car driven by Jones
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