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James Edwards Jr.

UPDATE: Officials announced on Tuesday that 16-year-old James Edwards Jr. will not face first-degree murder charges.

According to the Stephens County District Attorney, Steven Hicks, first-degree murder charges have been dropped against Edwards.

However, Edwards is still being charged with accessory after the fact.

Although Edwards’ case still resides in the juvenile court system, the district attorney has filed a motion to certify him as an adult.

DUNCAN, Okla. – A preliminary hearing is scheduled for one of the four people charged in the shooting death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane.

James Edwards Jr., 16, is being charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact in Lane’s death.Christopher Lane

Lane was shot along a road in  Duncan while going for a run back in August.

The teens who are accused in the crime say they shot Lane because they were “bored.”

The first-degree murder charges against Edwards could be dropped if he continues to testify against two other teens involved in the shooting.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in Stephens County.

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