Judge allows release of NAU shooting suspect

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Steven Jones was in court Tuesday and received modified release (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Steven Jones was in court Tuesday and received modified release (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The suspected Northern Arizona University shooter will be allowed to be released from custody while he awaits trial.

Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton said on Tuesday Steven Jones can be released and laid out the conditions of his release during a court hearing. Those conditions include 24/7 GPS monitoring for Jones, having his passport taken away, no guns in the home and he will have a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Slayton also warned Jones he can't consume any alcohol or have any contact with the victims.

The timeline for his release is unclear. The judge said it's up Maricopa County pretrial services to set up the around-the-clock monitoring on Jones.

A Valley criminal defense attorney said the monitoring can cost as much as $20 a day. If Jones misses a payment, he'll have to go back into custody.

Jones' parents have previously said they would remove all guns from their home and relocate to Coconino County if the judge would agree to release their son.

[READ MORE: Parents of NAU shooting suspect say they'll rid home of 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.

The trial is scheduled for April 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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