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Jurors go back to work in Northern Arizona University shooting case


Jurors will resume deliberations Tuesday in the murder trial a former Northern Arizona University student.

The jury in Steven Jones’ trial began deliberating last Tuesday in Flagstaff but were sent home the next day by Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton.

He told them he was concerned they didn’t get the whole picture of Jones’ claim of self-defense.

Defense attorneys immediately requested a mistrial, but it was denied Thursday. The jury was called back before breaking on Friday for the weekend. Monday was an off day.

Jones, 20, said he feared for his life in the October 2015 shooting. One student was killed and three others wounded after a fight near an off-campus apartment complex in Flagstaff.

Jones was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty. A first-degree murder conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Colin Brough was killed. Nicholas Piring, Nicholas Prato and Kyle Zeintek were wounded. All of them were unarmed.

Jurors Friday asked about a half-dozen questions, including whether Brough had a right to charge Jones and what was the law regarding pointing a gun at an unarmed person.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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