FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Latest on a motion to dismiss prosecutors in Northern Arizona University shooting case (all times local):
A Coconino County judge has rejected a request to disqualify the county attorney’s office in a 2015 shooting case on the Northern Arizona University campus.
Steven Jones is set to be retried next month on murder and aggravated assault charges.
Defense attorney Joshua Davidson focused arguments in a hearing Friday on the state’s interview of Jones’ father. Davidson says a transcript was given to a law firm that had employed County Attorney William Ring without a public records request.
The law firm later sued Jones and his family.
Davidson also cited campaign contributions to Ring from the law firm in arguing a conflict of interest.
Judge Dan Slayton says Ring’s office appears to have taken “missteps,” but not so severe as to remove the entire staff from the case.
Attorneys for a former Northern Arizona University student charged in a 2015 fatal shooting on campus want the county attorney’s office disqualified.
A Coconino County Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments on the request Friday.
Attorneys for defendant Steven Jones say William Ring’s office should be disqualified because Ring worked for a law firm representing three of the shooting victims before being elected county attorney. The law firm has filed a civil case against Jones and his parents.
Jones’ attorneys say the conflict jeopardizes his right to due process.
Prosecutor Ammon Barker says the accusations are baseless and is asking the judge to deny the motion.
Jones is scheduled to be retried next month on murder and aggravated assault charges.