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Mistrial in murder case vs. ex-NAU student

Posted at 10:03 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 00:02:15-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The case against a former Northern Arizona University student accused of killing a classmate in 2015 has ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked on the verdict.

Jurors weighed a slate of charges against 20-year-old Steven Jones, including murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide but couldn't reach a consensus Tuesday.

Jones also was charged with aggravated assault after three students were wounded when he opened fire during a late-night brawl near campus.

Jones was punched in the face during the fight that ended in gunfire after he retrieved a weapon from his car. Colin Brough ("Brew") was killed.

He claimed he acted in self-defense, while prosecutors portrayed him as the aggressor.