Teens accused of murdering ECU student in court


STEPHENS COUNTY, OK -- Two of the teens accused of killing an east central university baseball player, were in Stephens County court today. But one of them could now face lesser charges.

Lauren Smith spoke with the mother of one of the suspects in a Texoma tragedy that's made headlines worldwide.

Two of the three teenage boys charged with murder in the shooting death of Australian ECU baseball player Chris Lane last summer attended their preliminary hearing Tuesday.

"I still don't believe it but I'm the mom so, I still don't believe it. I think there's more to it than what's been said, I really do," said Jennifer Luna.

The mother of 16-year-old Chancey Luna, one of the teens accused in Lane's death, says she was taken aback when she learned 16-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. agreed to testify against her son, and 18-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, if prosecutors reduce charges against Edwards.

Edwards reportedly told a judge that Luna was riding in the back seat of a car Jones was driving and it was Luna who shot Christopher Lane.

"It just really made me mad that one of his supposed friends said all this stuff about him," Luna said.

"This is probably one of the most tragic cases I think I've ever seen," said Berry.

In August, when the drive-by shooting occurred, one of the suspects reportedly told police they shot Lane because they were bored.

But now, defense attorney Jim Berry claims the teens never meant to kill anyone that day and that they believed the gun contained only blanks.

"I think that our young man is innocent of pre-meditated murder, malice of forethought murder, there was no plan to go out and kill the unfortunate Mr. Lane or anybody else," Berry said.

Berry says Luna could face life behind bars but he will fight to prevent that.

"Manslaughter, murder in the second degree, something which would evince a sentence less than life without the possibility of parole or life imprisonment," said Berry.

Luna and Jones' preliminary hearing has been continued until march. Edwards' has been set for May.

"We'd ask everybody to keep an open mindand let us go through the judicial process," said Berry.

"He said whatever happens, happens, but he's ready to come home," said Luna.


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