Judge declares a mistrial in NAU shooting trial

Reaction from Nick Prato's mother, Kimberly Prato in regards to mistrial from the NAU shooting trial.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The jury in the trial of Steven Jones, the NAU shooter, told Judge Dan Slayton Tuesday that it could not reach a consensus of guilty or not guilty in the case.

The members of the jury had asked Judge Slayton questions multiple times over the last week, including what they should do if they could not reach total agreement.

Slayton proposed a new trial date of August 1, but said it was likely to change. He thanked the jury for service and said they had not failed.

The jury had been deliberating in the case related to an October 2015 shooting at Northern Arizona University that killed one student and injured three others.

Jurors asked Tuesday about what should be done in the event that a "consensus of guilty or not guilty on all counts" can't be reached.

Judge Dan Slayton sent back jury instructions and has asked lawyers from both sides to return to court this afternoon.

Slayton denied a mistrial last Thursday, but gave the jury clarification about a statement inadvertently made by prosecution in its closing arguments.

Judge Slayton said that the statement in question inaccurately stated that Jones only said he was afraid for his life at the police station hours after the incident occurred, while evidence showed he made a similar statement in the back of the patrol vehicle earlier that night.

Slayton also instructed the jury to decide individually how much weight to give this clarification.

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He had ordered the jury to cease deliberations Wednesday over concerns regarding the prosecution's closing arguments.

Last week, Jones took the stand in his own defense for the first time and faced cross-examination from the prosecution.

The jury heard closing arguments Tuesday.

Jones' defense team has worked to build the case that the victims of the shooting were bullying and harassing Jones before he shot them that night, claiming self-defense.

Jones faces charges of first-degree murder in the death of Colin Brough and aggravated assault against the other students injured in the shooting.

FOLLOW THE TRIAL: 12news.com/jonestrial

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