Decision on Pacman Case Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A judge hearing a prosecutor's motion to revoke the plea bargain of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in a misdemeanor case decided on Thursday to wait to see what becomes of felony charges in Las Vegas.

A new hearing was set for Jan. 3 to revisit the case.

"I think we'll have to wait to see what happens in Las Vegas courts," Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry said.

Jones responded briefly to reporters' questions as he left the courthouse.

"I'm going to get through [the charges]," he said.

Asked if he's confident he will play pro football again, Jones replied, "Of course I am."

The charges prosecutors were trying to revive come from an incident last August at a nightclub in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro. Police said Jones got into an argument with a woman, refused to leave the club and shouted profanities at officers.

Loughry had agreed in January to dismiss the charges and expunge Jones' record if he behaved himself for six months.

But district attorney general William Whitesell filed a petition June 22 asking Loughry to reinstate the misdemeanor counts after Jones was named in felony coercion charges in connection with a Feb. 19 fight and triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club.

Besides the Las Vegas charges, Jones faces a felony charge of obstruction stemming from physical argument in February 2006 with a patrolling police officer in Fayetteville, Ga., but no trial date has been set, defense attorney Manny Arora said Thursday.

Arora said Jones has also been cooperating with Atlanta police in connection with a strip club shooting last month. No charges have been filed against Jones in that incident.

Las Vegas police say Jones didn't fire the shots which left one man paralyzed but incited a melee that preceded the shooting.

The arrest in Las Vegas was the sixth for the 23-year-old since he was drafted in 2005. He has not been convicted of any crimes, but authorities say he has been involved in at least 11 police investigations around the country.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for a year in April, citing the off-field episodes. The suspension could be reduced to 10 games if Jones meets restrictions set by Goodell.

Jones and his attorneys initially appealed the suspension but dropped the appeal last month.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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