Report: Suspect accuses Pacman of masterminding shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A man charged with shooting three people outside a Las Vegas strip club has denied he was involved and accused Adam "Pacman" Jones of ordering the shooting and framing him to avoid identifying the real shooter.
Arvin Kenti Edwards of Renton, Wash., is being held in a Washington state jail on $1 million bail pending extradition to Nevada. He talked with WTVF-TV in Nashville by phone for a report that aired Wednesday.
Edwards told the TV station in a telephone interview that Jones lied to police about the Feb. 19, 2007, shooting at the Minxx club that left an employee paralyzed and two other people wounded. Edwards said Jones paid someone for the shooting, but that it wasn't him.
"I want to let them know I'm not the person who done this. I've been shot before. I know how it feels," Edwards said.
He accused Jones of lying to help his plea deal as the suspended cornerback tries to return to the NFL. Jones was traded by the Tennessee Titans to the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, with Jones receiving a new contract.
Jones' agent and attorney, Worrick Robinson, said Edwards has reason to lie as the man facing three counts of attempted murder.
Robert Langford, Jones' lawyer in Las Vegas, was out of the state Thursday and unavailable for comment, an aide at his office said.
Police say Edwards opened fire outside the strip club after Jones was involved in a brawl inside, and later demanded $15,000 from Jones for "services rendered."
Jones told authorities he didn't order the shooting and declined to pay. But he said he reimbursed a friend after the friend paid the money on Jones' behalf. Jones also told police he saw the person who fired the shots at the club and identified Edwards, who has an amputated arm, in a police lineup April 18.
A warrant filed in the case said Edwards' phone records were checked and that he had contacted Jones in Atlanta and Tennessee.
Jones pleaded no contest Dec. 6 in Las Vegas to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in a plea deal that reduced two felony charges of coercion, each carrying a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.
In return, he agreed to tell police what he knew about the gunman. Jones has never acknowledged any role in the shooting.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
Adam "Pacman" Jones was suspended for the 2007 NFL season amid several legal skirmishes. His playing future rests in the hands of commissioner Roger Goodell, who expects to weigh a possible 2008 reinstatement before training camp opens in July. A look at coverage of Jones:
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• Goodell grants Pacman partial reinstatement
• Pacman meets with commish Goodell
• Pacman pays gambling debt; case closed
• Cowboys could use Pacman at wide receiver
• Source: Meeting must happen before reinstatement
• Pacman puts house on market for $1.8M
• Emmitt's advice to Pacman: Make better choices
• Report: Suspect accuses Pacman of framing him
• NFL approves Jones' trade to Cowboys
• Pacman signs Cowboys contract
• Hall of Famer Brown offers to help Pacman
• Police: Pacman paid 'extortion' cash in shooting
• Police make arrest in strip-club shooting
• Goodell: Trade won't affect reinstatement
• Pacman: Trade first, then reinstatement
• Sources: Pacman offers pay concession to Titans
• Pacman returns to Atlanta routes for charity work
• Goodell: Pacman decision to come before camp
• Source: Cowboys-Titans Pacman talks stall
• Report: Pacman thinks he's through with Titans
• Report: Cowboys add to trade offer for Pacman
• Pacman may have to re-petition Goodell to return
• Source: Pacman still frequenting strip clubs
• NFL asking to be dropped from Pacman lawsuit
• Ga. assault complaint against Pacman withdrawn
• Pacman accused of punching woman at strip club
• Judge cuts Titans out of Pacman lawsuit in Vegas
• NFL denies Pacman's appeal to return in 2007
• Union appeals Pacman's 'excessive' suspension
• Pacman pleads no contest in strip club melee
• Goodell reviewing union Pacman appeal
• Judge accepts 'Pacman' plea agreement
• Union appeals to commish to reduce Pacman ban
• Report: Some Titans want Pacman back
• Pacman won't be reinstated early
• Strip club manager sues Pacman, Titans, NFL
• Report: Pacman says he's earned early return
• Pacman wins tag-team title
• Pacman to try hand at hip-hop
• Pacman to set record straight in interview
• Pacman makes TNA debut
• Pacman's ticket violations dismissed
• Arrests? By Pacman's count, he's only had two
• Pacman defense expected to enter not guilty plea
• NFL may allow Pacman to work out with Titans
• Lawyer: Deputy pledged to pull over Pacman
• Vegas charges may affect Pacman's Tenn. plea
• Vegas bouncer sues Pacman
• VY: Teammates feel Pacman doesn't care
• Cops seek Pacman about shooting involving crew
• Paralyzed victim rebuilds life
• Sources: Pacman at strip club before hearing
• Pacman takes out ad to apologize
• NFL bans Jones for 2007 season
• Pacman-related incidents
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• Third-and-Short: Player conduct
• Pasquarelli: Titans picking up the pieces
• Garber: Pacman gifted on field, troubled off it
• Ex-Titans GM Reese: We tried to help Pacman