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Two Teens Accused in Chris Lane Case to Stand Trial for First Degree Murder

Two of the three teens accused in the murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane will go to trial charged with murder in the first degree.
Two of the three teens accused in the murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane will go to trial charged with murder in the first degree.

The Stephens County judge made his ruling after the preliminary hearing finished Wednesday.

The judge said the court has been provided enough evidence to try both 16 year old Chancey Luna and 18 year old Michael Jones.

Most of the evidence provided came from 16 year old James Edwards, who testified against the two in hopes of a lesser charge of accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.

Wednesday, 18 year old Kjwan Martin, a friend of all the teens, but particularly Edwards, took the stand after seeking council himself.

The state asked him if he knew where, or if he had any knowledge or conversations about the .22 caliber handgun used to kill Chris Lane, which at this time is still missing. However he used his right to remain silent.

The state also called a dispatcher to the stand who says she overheard Michael Jones, who was in a holding cell nearby say to another inmate "we tried to shoot several others but we kept missing."

In Edwards's testimony earlier last month, though, he stated that Luna told Jones, "I thought there were blanks in the gun." Jones responded, "Yeah I know me too."

Luna and Jones arraignment is set for March 20th at 9 am.

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