FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A judge has granted a request from prosecutors to reduce the most serious charge against a former Northern Arizona University student in a fatal shooting.
Prosecutors moved to reduce the charge to second-degree murder to keep the retrial on track.
That's after Jones' attorneys petitioned the state Court of Appeals to dismiss the first-degree murder charge against him, arguing a jury acquitted him in the first trial.
Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton approved the prosecutors' request last week.
Jones faces up to 25 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge if he's convicted. He's also charged with six counts of aggravated assault.