Pacman Evidentiary Hearing in Vegas Postponed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- An evidentiary hearing to determine if suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones will face trial in a strip club melee has been postponed.

"Both sides have agreed to put it off," Jones' lawyer, Manny Arora, said Thursday. "I'd imagine they're still investigating the case, and we're working on our part of the case."

Jones had been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Monday when a judge would decide if the case should be bound over for trial in state court.

A judge could set a new date to hear evidence against the troubled 24-year-old Tennessee Titans cornerback and two companions. The delay could also allow time for both sides to negotiate plea deals.

Prosecutor Victoria Villegas said defense lawyers will appear Monday on behalf of their clients, who will not have to attend.

Police have not identified a gunman in the wounding of three people outside the Minxx Gentleman's Club minutes after Jones allegedly incited a fracas and threatened employees inside.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones in April for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy for incidents that included five arrests. Jones was arrested a sixth time in June. Goodell will review Jones' case after the Titans' 10th game, scheduled Nov. 19 in Denver.

In Las Vegas, Jones faces two felony charges of coercion stemming from allegations he threatened to kill club employees and that he bit a bar bouncer in the melee during the NBA All-Star Game weekend. He faces a maximum of 12 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Robert "Big Rob" Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., a man identified as Jones' bodyguard, faces one felony coercion charge accusing him of attacking a Minxx bouncer who tried to restrain Jones.

Sadia Morrison, 25, of New York, faces five charges, including coercion, felony assault with a deadly weapon and battery stemming from allegations that she hit a bouncer in the head with a bottle and attacked other club employees with a chair and a stanchion.

All three intend to plead not guilty, according to their Las Vegas lawyer, Robert Langford.

The three people wounded in the shooting, including a bar manager who was paralyzed from the waist down, have filed civil lawsuits against Jones and others.

A lawsuit by the paralyzed former professional wrestler, Tommy Urbanski, also seeks unspecified damages from the NFL, the Titans and owners of Harlem Knights, a Houston strip club that rented the Minxx club for the weekend.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press


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