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Judge, lawyers meet to decide if Jones' charges will be restored

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback
Adam "Pacman'' Jones appeared in court Thursday for a hearing to
decide if he violated the terms of a plea deal and should have
public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges revived.

The charges 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.

Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge David 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.

Soon after Thursday's hearing began, the judge ordered a recess
so defense and prosecution attorneys could meet privately to try to
reach a resolution. Discussions were still under way at midmorning.

Besides the 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 also has 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 which 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.