Las Vegas Police To Seek Charges Against 'Pacman' Jones
Monday, March 26th 2007, 5:58 pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) Tennessee Titans star Adam "Pacman" Jones could face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a triple shooting at a strip club in February.
Jones would face a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges in the 5 a.m. shooting at Minxx, police Lt. George Castro said Monday.
Castro said detectives haven't determined who fired the shots that wounded three people, one critically, outside the club during the NBA All-Star game weekend.
Castro said the request for charges will be submitted to Clark County district attorney David Roger no later than the end of the week. Roger will be asked to consider charges against the 23-year-old Jones and Robert Reid, 37, and Sadia Morrison, 24, whom Castro described as friends of Jones.
No arrest warrants have been issued, and an investigation will continue into whether another person might have been involved and fired the shots.
Castro characterized Jones as an instigator of a scuffle inside the club that led to the shooting outside.
"Was he an inciter? Yes, he was," Castro said.
Lawyers for Jones have denied Minxx club co-owner Robert Susnar's account that Jones arrived and left the club with the shooter. After 500 hours of reviewing videotapes and interviewing witnesses from the club, Castro said police were unable to establish a relationship between Jones and the shooter.
Jones was questioned by Las Vegas police and released.
Two club security guards and an unidentified woman were wounded in the shooting. One guard, who was paralyzed from the waist down, was transferred last week to a rehabilitation hospital. The other guard and the woman were not seriously wounded.
Jones' attorney Worrick Robinson of Nashville, Tenn. had no comment before Monday's police news conference. Another Jones lawyer, Manny Arora in Atlanta, was out of the office and did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.
The pre-dawn shooting followed a scuffle that broke out in the club when dancers on stage were showered with thousands of dollar bills, according to a police search warrant.
Susnar has said the shooting happened after Jones threatened to kill a bouncer, whom the club owner said intervened when Jones allegedly attacked a dancer who grabbed money on the stage.
Police later reported confiscating $81,000 in cash belonging to Jones. The money was recovered from a safe in the hotel room of Houston-based promoter Chris Mitchell, whose "Harlem Knights" dancers were brought in for the weekend at Minxx, a club several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The NFL confirmed last month that officials were reviewing Jones' off-field conduct, which has included 10 incidents where he was interviewed by police.
Jones was not welcome to take part in the team's off-season conditioning program, which began last week.
The Titans are trying to decide whether to keep Jones, the sixth pick overall in 2005. The cornerback did not tell team officials about being arrested twice in Georgia in 2006 -- a potential violation of the personal conduct policy.
In January, a Tennessee judge ordered Jones to stay out of trouble until July 5, 2007, to have public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges from an August 2006 arrest in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, Tenn., expunged.
Jones also has charges pending from a February 2006 Georgia case, in which he's accused of biting a Fayetteville police officer between his thumb and index finger. Jones was charged with felony obstruction of police. On March 13, a Georgia judge delayed a court appearance in that case to give Jones' attorneys time to determine how the NFL might react to a potential plea agreement.