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November 6, 2013

Jones now faces charge of first-degree murder

NORMAN — The State of Oklahoma has filed a murder in the first-degree charge against 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones in relation to the shooting death of Australian native Christopher Lane.

Jones appeared before Special District Judge Jerry Herberger for a preliminary hearing conference Wednesday, where the charge of murder in the first was filed. Previously, youthful offender charges were filed against Jones for use of vehicle in discharge of weapon and accessory after the fact in murder in the first degree. The youthful offender charges were dismissed to follow on the adult murder charge.

Jones was one of three Duncan teens, including Chancey Allen Luna and James Francis Edwards Jr., arrested in August for involvement in Lane’s death. Lane died Aug. 16 from a single gunshot wound.

In the courtroom, District Attorney Jason Hicks said the more stringent charge is a result of earlier actions the three teens are suspected of committing.

“He may have been involved in another shooting earlier in the day,” Hicks said.

Because of the new charge filed against Jones, his attorney chose not to continue representing him. When Jones appeared Wednesday in court, he didn’t have an attorney, although Herberger said one would be assigned to him.

Hicks requested bond be denied, which it was. Jones was given an opportunity to speak for or against the denial of bond, but chose to say nothing.

As with the youthful offender case and the cases against Luna and James, a gag order was put in place on Jones’ new case number. This prevents anyone related to the case, such as attorneys, from making comments regarding the case.

A preliminary hearing was set for Jones at 9 a.m. Nov. 20. This is the same preliminary hearing date set for Luna and James.

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