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After his first-degree murder trial ended in a mistrial Northern Arizona University shooter Steven Jones looks back to his family in the gallery Tuesday afternoon. Judge Dan Slayton set August 1 2017 as the date of a second trial for Jones.

Steven Jones announced at a hearing Tuesday that lawyer Christopher Dupont will be leading his defense counsel.

Dupont did not call in to the hearing, but Judge Dan Slayton ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case to settle on a re-trial date by next Friday.

Lawyer Burges McCowan will continue to represent Jones throughout the next trial. His expertise will likely be invaluable for Dupont, who will need to become acquainted with the facts of the case.

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Jones was charged with first-degree murder for shooting and killing NAU student Colin Brough and multiple counts of aggravated assault for wounding Nick Prato, Nick Piring and Kyle Zientek. His first trial ended in a hung jury in 2017.

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The Phoenix lawyer is the latest to join Jones’s party after his previous lawyers Bruce Griffen and Ryan Stevens withdrew from the case after an investigation by the Arizona State Bar.

The investigating committee, acting on behalf of the Arizona Supreme Court, found that both Stevens and Griffen were guilty of representing Jones in the same way they represented the victims, without getting the victim's written approval. The committee also ruled that the two lawyer's actions caused a "substantial delay" of the retrial.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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