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Judge: Accused NAU Shooter Can’t Use Self-Defense Statements


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A northern Arizona judge says a man accused of shooting four Northern Arizona University students cannot use statements he made to police about being scared in his defense.

Judge Dan Slayton ruled Thursday that statements Steven Jones made after the shooting of 20-year-old Colin Brough would be inadmissible as part of his self-defense claim against the first-degree murder charge.

Slayton will not allow Jones’ statements to witnesses about committing the shootings in self-defense and comments about being scared to be read in court. Slayton said those statements were “self-serving.”

Jury selection in the case is slated to begin April 4.

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