The Latest: Judge releases man charged in fatal NAU shooting

The Latest: Judge releases man charged in fatal NAU shooting

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The Latest on a court hearing for the man charged in a fatal shooting at Northern Arizona University last fall (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A judge has agreed to release a man charged in the fatal shooting of a student at Northern Arizona University last fall to the custody of his parents.

Steven Jones will be monitored around-the-clock with a GPS device while living at his parents’ home in Glendale.

Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton said Tuesday that Jones is expected to be released once court officials in Maricopa County install the monitoring device and ensure it works.

Jones is charged with first-degree murder and assault in the Oct. 9 shooting on the Flagstaff campus.

His parents have agreed to remove all weapons from their home. Jones will be on a curfew and cannot have any contact with the victims.

Prosecutors had argued against his release, saying he’s a danger to the co! mmunity.

2:40 a.m.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday for the man charged in the fatal shooting of a Northern Arizona University student last fall.

Steven Jones says he acted in self-defense when he shot Colin Brough on the Flagstaff campus on Oct. 9 killing him. Three others were wounded.

Prosecutors say Jones wasn’t justified in using lethal force.

The hearing Tuesday afternoon in Coconino County Superior Court is billed as a case management conference. Court clerk Valerie Wyant says it will include talk regarding conditions of release for Jones.

Defense attorneys had asked Judge Dan Slayton in February to release Jones to the custody of his parents. Slayton denied the request but said he’d reconsider once he had more information on monitoring, access to weapons, potential searches of the Jones’ home and counseling.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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