The Latest: New attorney in NAU murder case may delay trial
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Northern Arizona University shooting case (all times local):
A new defense attorney in the Northern Arizona University shooting case might mean a trial delay.
Steven Jones is set to be retried on murder and other counts in March after a jury deadlocked on charges last May. He’s accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Colin Brough and wounding three other students on the Flagstaff campus in 2015.
One of his Jones’ attorneys has withdrawn for medical reasons and the judge appointed a public defender as lead counsel.
Public defender Brad Bransky said Tuesday he’ll need a month or more to get up to speed on the case and determine if he’s ready for the March trial date.
The next status conference is Feb. 9.
Jones has said he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say he was the aggressor.
A civil lawsuit filed against a man charged in a fatal shooting at Northern Arizona University has been settled.
One student was killed and three others injured in the 2015 shooting on the Flagstaff campus.
Attorneys for three of the victims had accused Steven Jones and his parents of negligence. The lawsuit in Coconino County Superior Court sought damages to be determined at a jury trial.
Court documents show the case recently was dismissed after the parties reached a settlement. Attorneys on both sides said this week that the terms are confidential.
Court documents say each side is responsible for its own attorneys’ fees. The case cannot be refiled.
Jones is scheduled to be retried on the criminal charges in March. He has said he acted in self-defense.