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Here’s How The Jury For College Shooter Steven Jones Was Split During Deliberations

The jury announced Tuesday that it was deadlocked, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. 

Steven Jones testifies during his first-degree murder trial in Flagstaff, Ariz. He told jurors he shot and killed another student in self-defense.

The jury for college shooter Steven Jones was split straight down the middle, says one juror who wishes to remain anonymous.

The jury announced this Tuesday that it was hung on all counts.  Therefore, the judge in the case declared a mistrial.  Jones faced first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide charges over the shooting death of Northern Arizona University student Colin Brough.  Jones also faced aggravated assault charges and assault charges over the shootings of three other students, Nick Piring, Nick Prato, and Kyle Zientek.  Jones claims he was sucker-punched and feared for his life after a handful of fraternity members spilled out onto a street near campus in the overnight hours of an October day in 2015 after they had been drinking.

The juror who came forward told a local television station that six members of the jury wanted to convict Jones of all of the assault charges he faced related to the shootings of Piring, Prato, and Zientek.  Those same six jurors wanted to convict Jones of second-degree murder, not first-degree murder.  Apparently, those six jurors did not believe the shooting was premeditated.

The six other jurors believed the shooting was in self-defense and wanted to acquit on all charges.

The one juror who spoke said members of the jury were all respectful to one another.  He said that only one juror initially agreed that the shooting rose to the level of first-degree (premeditated) murder.  The juror apparently changed his or her mind during deliberations.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."