Judge hears bid to dismiss prosecutors in NAU shooting case

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Attorneys for a former Northern Arizona University student charged in a 2015 fatal shooting on campus want the county attorney's office disqualified.

A Coconino County Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments on the request Friday.

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Attorneys for defendant Steven Jones say William Ring's office should be disqualified because Ring worked for a law firm representing three of the shooting victims before being elected county attorney. The law firm has filed a civil case against Jones and his parents.

[RELATED: Oct. 10 retrial scheduled for NAU shooting suspect Steven Jones]

Jones' attorneys say the conflict jeopardizes his right to due process.

Prosecutor Ammon Barker says the accusations are baseless and is asking the judge to deny the motion.

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Jones is scheduled to be retried next month on murder and aggravated assault charges.

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