Student waives hearing in Duquesne shooting

Updated: September 26, 2006, 2:22 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- A Duquesne University student charged in connection with the shooting of five basketball players on campus has waived her preliminary hearing.

Brittany Jones, 19, is charged with helping the two men accused in the shooting and four others get into an on-campus dance, even though she knew several among the group were armed.

The shooting occurred early Sept. 17 as the basketball players left the dance. The most seriously injured player, Sam Ashaolu, remained at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday.

Jones was arrested Sept. 18 on charges of reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy. On Monday, she waived a preliminary hearing in which she could have challenged whether prosecutors have enough evidence for her to stand trial.

Prosecutors and Jones' attorney, James Ecker, declined comment on whether she was cooperating with authorities.

Preliminary hearings were postponed for two men charged in the shootings -- William Holmes, 18, and Brandon Baynes, 19. They remain in the county jail.

Doctors removed a bullet fragment from Ashaolu's head Monday. The other players who were injured -- Kojo Mensah, Stuard Baldonado, Shawn James and Aaron Jackson -- are back on campus.

Several players told The Associated Press the shooter was a non-student unhappy that a woman he accompanied to the dance had talked with a player.


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