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Steven Jones called in to the Division 2 courtroom on Friday for the court's scheduled hearing after Ryan Stevens and Bruce Griffen stepped down as his attorneys.

While the current trial date is still set for March 5, that date is expected to change to accommodate a new attorney.

In 2015, Jones shot and killed 20-year-old Northern Arizona University student Colin Brough and injured three others. His first trial ended in a hung jury, and more recently his attorneys withdrew from the case after they were admonished for a conflict of interest by a state Supreme Court committee.

"We have a couple [attorney] recommendations from previous attorneys of ours," Jones said over the phone. "I've drafted a couple of emails to send to a couple of them."

Jones' attorney Burges McCowan also called in and all parties agreed that they would reconvene at the end of the month. Jones said they could have interviews with the prospective attorneys set up within the next week, and hoped to have their new attorneys present at that time.

The state was represented solely by prosecutor Bryan Shea on Friday. At the hearing, Shea voiced the state's desire to continue with the March 5 trial date, citing Jones' continued representation by McCowan.

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Shea argued in person with Judge Dan Slayton about the court's desire to continue the case. Slayton said that the defendant has not caused the delays in this case, which is why he is open to a continuance.

"[The argument] also fails to legally analyze, in any form helpful to this court, the interplay of the victims' right to a speedy trial, the defendant's right to counsel, and delay caused not by the defendant nor the prosecution, but occasioned for and on behalf of a victim," Slayton wrote in a filed notice.

The court will reconvene on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

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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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