Jury Selected In Trial Against Teen Accused Of Killing Australian National, ECU Baseball Player


Monday, April 13th 2015, 7:45 pm
By: News 9


The murder trial for the man accused of shooting Australian baseball player Christopher Lane has begun.

Chancey Luna was charged with First Degree Murder.

Chancey Luna was said to be the trigger man in the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.

And with jury selection underway Monday, it marked the beginning of a trial nearly two years in the making.

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For the next several days 17-year-old Chancey Luna will sit in the defendant's chair, charged with the murder of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Aug. 2013.

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Luna was one of three allegedly involved in the crime.

Michael Jones, 19, has already pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and is serving life in prison.

The other teen, 17-year-old James Edwards Jr., is charged with Accessory after the Fact and has testified against Luna and Jones in the preliminary hearing and is still awaiting his sentence.

In day one of jury selection more than 400 Stephens County residents were summoned, 114 were chosen to stay.

Both the prosecution and the defense then began to question the jurors.

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But prior to their questions, both parties announced the list of 32 witnesses.

Expected to take the stand are both of Lane's parents and his girlfriend as well as Edwards Jr.

Luna's mom Jennifer may also take the stand for the defense.

Luna himself was not listed to testify.

Luna was present for Monday's jury selection wearing a teal dress shirt and tie.

If convicted, Luna could face life in prison.

The death penalty is off the table due to Luna's young age when the murder happened.