Teen charged in Australian's death asks for juvenile status

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2015 10:22 AM

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for a 17-year-old charged as an adult in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player are asking the court to reconsider a decision that he be tried as an adult.

Chancey Luna is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.

The Duncan Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1G56jYS ) that Luna's attorneys said in court documents filed Friday that a potential sentence of life in prison either with or without the possibility of parole would be unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.

A gag order prohibits attorneys from commenting publicly on the case.

Lane, of Melbourne, Australia, was a member of the East Central University baseball team in Ada when he was gunned down while jogging during a trip to visit his girlfriend's parents in Duncan.