FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a man’s trial in a fatal shooting near Northern Arizona University (all times local):
The case against a former Northern Arizona University student accused of killing a classmate in 2015 has ended in mistrial after the jury deadlocked on the verdict.
Jurors weighed a slate of charges against 20-year-old Steven Jones, including murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide but couldn’t reach a consensus Tuesday.
Jones also was charged with aggravated assault after three students were wounded when he opened fire during a late-night brawl near campus.
Jones was punched in the face during the fight that ended in gunfire after he retrieved a weapon from his car. Colin Brough (“Brew”) was killed.
He claimed he acted in self-defense, while prosecutors portrayed him as the aggressor.
Jury deliberations continue in a former Northern Arizona University student’s trial in a 2015 fatal shooting near the Flagstaff campus amid indications the deliberations may be coming to a head.
The judge presiding over Steven Jones’ trial told attorneys during a hearing Tuesday that he’s going to present jurors with printed copies of instructions on how to deal with a possible impasse in deliberations.
The jury had earlier asked Judge Dan Slayton what they should do if they couldn’t reach verdicts on all the charges against Jones.
Slayton said in court that jurors’ decision to send trial exhibits out of the jury room might indicate that the jurors are “done.”
Deliberations resumed Tuesday after a three-day break.
Jones has claimed self-defense in the incident that left one student dead and three others wounded following an argument and fight near an off-campus apartment complex.
Jury deliberations will resume Tuesday in a former Northern Arizona University student’s trial in a fatal shooting near campus.
The jury in Steven Jones’ Coconino County Superior Court trial began deliberating Tuesday before breaking on Friday for the weekend and having Monday off.
Jones has claimed self-defense in the October 2015 incident that left one student dead and three others wounded following an argument and fight near an off-campus apartment complex in Flagstaff.
The 20-year-old Jones faces charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Colin Brough (brew) was killed. Nicholas Piring, Nicholas Prato and Kyle Zeintek were wounded. None was armed.
Jurors Friday asked about a half-dozen questions, including whether Brough had a right to charge Jones and what is the law regarding pointing a gun at an unarmed person.
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