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Pacman faces felony charges in shooting that paralyzed man

6/21/2007 - NFL Adam Jones

LAS VEGAS -- Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones will
surrender to authorities in Nevada and fight felony charges in a
strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting, his lawyers said
Thursday.

Lawyers Manny Arora of Atlanta and Robert Langford of Las Vegas
said they had no information about a noon Friday deadline set by
police.

Arora said he was working with Clark County District Attorney
David Roger's office on arrangements for Jones to surrender Friday
or Monday in Las Vegas. Roger declined comment and said police were handling the
negotiations.

Las Vegas police Capt. James Dillon confirmed that authorities
gave Jones, Sadia Morrison and Robert Reid until midday Friday to
turn themselves in or face arrest in the melee at the Minxx strip
club that took place during the NBA All-Star Game weekend.

Police have described Reid as Jones' bodyguard, and Morrison as
a member of an entourage of about six people who arrived with Jones
before the pre-dawn Feb. 19 fracas at the club, several blocks off
the Las Vegas Strip.

The charges in Las Vegas have cast more doubt on Jones' playing
status with the Tennessee Titans. Since he was drafted in April
2005, he has been arrested five times -- although he has not been
convicted of any crimes. Jones has been involved in at least 11
separate police investigations, authorities say, and is currently
sought by Atlanta-area police for questioning in a shooting early
Monday after a fight at a strip club there.

The NFL and Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. issued terse
statements declining comment about Jones until he serves at least
10 weeks of his season-long suspension.

Jones, 23, of Franklin, Tenn., faces two counts of felony
coercion stemming from allegations he threatened to kill Minxx club
employees and that he bit a bar bouncer.

Coercion is the act of threatening or physically interfering
with a person trying to do something that he or she has a right and
responsibility to do. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum of 12
years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

"We're looking forward to vigorously defending against the
charges," Langford told The Associated Press in a brief interview.

Arora accused police of unfairly leaking information about Jones
because of the player's' celebrity. He said investigative reports
were released before charges were filed and before arrest warrants
were issued.

"Police keep saying they want to treat him like everyone
else," Arora said.

"It's infuriating. He isn't being treated like everyone else,"
Arora said, adding that he and Langford "will do whatever we have
to do to protect Adam."

Langford also represents Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., who faces
one felony coercion charge alleging he attacked a bouncer who tried
to restrain Jones, and Morrison, 25, of New York.

Morrison 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.

No one is named as the shooter, which left a club employee
paralyzed and a bouncer and female patron with less serious wounds.
But police allege that Jones instigated the fracas inside the club
by attacking a dancer who tried to pick up cash Jones showered on
stage from a black plastic trash bag.

Jones is accused of threatening the life of club employees,
punching a man who police identify as his own business manager, and
walking away from the club with a man wearing a baggy black T-shirt
and blue jeans.

Minutes later, police say a similarly dressed man standing next
to a palm tree fired five or six shots toward people at the front
of the club.

Police have released an image of a person who Dillon said police
wanted to identify and talk with as a "person of interest" in the
shooting."

Dillon said Las Vegas police also wanted to question Jones in an
altercation reported at another area strip club several days before
the Minxx shooting. That incident is not cited in court records,
and Dillon did not immediately provide details.