Judge denies motion for mistrial in NAU shooting trial

- Jury deliberations in the Northern Arizona University shooting trial continued Thursday, after a judge denied a mistrial motion.

Steven Jones, 20, is accused of firing on a group of people during a drunken fight, killing Colin Brough and wounding three others. He is facing several charges, but the jury could find his guilty of a lesser charge.

Jurors were already deliberating when the defense asked for the mistrial. Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton sent jurors home on Wednesday and call for a Thursday morning hearing.

Center to the mistrial motion were misleading information reportedly given by prosecutors, about when Jones told police he was afraid for his life on the night of the shooting. During closing arguments, the prosecution stated that did not happen until Jones was at the police station, but now, the judge said Jones told officers he thought he would die, when he was in the back of a police cruiser.

The judge has decided that the jury did receive misleading information from prosecutors, but a mistrial has been ruled out, because the jury was not intentionally misled.

Jones has claimed self defense in the shooting incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

>>VIDEO from the court room: https://www.facebook.com/FOX10Phoenix/videos/1354789811236229/

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