Parents of NAU shooting suspect say they'll rid home of guns

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

The parents of a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Northern Arizona University student last fall say they will remove all guns from their home and relocate to Coconino County, if necessary, should a judge agree to release their son.

Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton rejected a request in February to allow Steven Jones to live with his parents in Maricopa County pending trial. But the judge left open the possibility of home confinement once he had more information on monitoring, access to weapons, potential searches of Jones' parents' home and counseling.

Slayton is expected to take up the issue again Tuesday during a court hearing.

The adult probation department in Maricopa County uses GPS monitoring devices that could track Jones' location around-the-clock, according to court documents. If he's not accepted for monitoring at their home in Glendale, his parents said they would find a home in Coconino County, according to court documents. They said they would consent to whatever verification process the courts have for ensuring that their son is not around guns.

Jones maintains he acted in self-defense when he shot fellow student Colin Brough on the Flagstaff campus on Oct. 9, killing him. Three other students were wounded.

Jones was indicted on first-degree murder and six counts of aggravated assault about a month after the shooting.

His attorneys cited his lack of criminal history in asking Slayton to release him and said he had no desire to flee. A pre-trial services report found that Jones is at the lowest risk of re-offending.

The shooting victims - Kyle Zientek, Nicholas Piring and Nicholas Prato - and Brough's mother have asked Slayton to keep Jones behind bars. Prosecutors have said Jones was not justified in using lethal force in reaction to a largely verbal fight.

"There is no amount of supervision that the state feels will adequately safeguard the community," prosecutor Ammon Barker wrote in court documents.

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