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The Jury Can't Agree

In this file photo from last May, Steven Jones listens as the jury foreman in his first-degree murder trial announces that the jury cannot come to agreement on a verdict.

Judge Dan Slayton gave Steven Jones’s lawyers more time to collect their witnesses and build their case to defend their client as the trial date stands strong.

The prosecution argued any new deadline beyond the end of September might impact their ability to properly vet the witnesses. The new date to declare the defense’s witnesses will be on Oct. 24. The main trial date to try Jones for first degree murder and aggravated assault after killing one student and injuring three more students in 2015 remains set for Jan. 14, 2020.

The modification comes after Jones’ lawyers withdrew their request to modify their client’s release conditions after citing his compliance with the release order and family’s increasing expenses. Jones was originally released to his family home in Maricopa County and to receive a part-time job.  

The Jones family has been paying $400 per month for GPS monitoring system, totaling $15,000, according to the original filing.

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Prosecutor Ammon Barker opposed the filing, arguing that following release conditions is the “expected standard.”

After filing the request, the defense vacated its request before the hearing in July.

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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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