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April 15, 2014

4 now charged in college player’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY — A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.

Oddesse Barnes, 22, of Duncan, was charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane of Melbourne, according to the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office. Lane was preparing for his senior baseball season at East Central University when he was shot along a tree-lined road in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend’s parents in August. Investigators say he was randomly targeted by “bored” teenagers.

Two teens — Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 18 — are charged with first-degree murder and are set to go on trial. Investigators allege that Luna fired the fatal shot from the back seat of a car Jones was driving. Another teenager who was with the pair also is facing charges.

Barnes, who is accused of helping later hide the weapon, was arraigned Monday. He pleaded not guilty, and his bail was set at $150,000, according to the Stephens County Court Clerk’s office. A lawyer was not yet entered for Barnes, and a public phone listing for him couldn’t be found.

Online court records weren’t available Monday, and the court clerk’s office said it could not provide the charging documents. But television station KWTV reports that court documents accuse Barnes of aiding Luna and Jones by hiding the weapon they allegedly used in the shooting.

James Francis Edwards Jr. has been charged with accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said they will drop a first-degree murder charge against Edwards, who is 16, if he continues to testify against Luna and Jones.

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