An evidentiary hearing in Las Vegas to determine whether suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones will face trial in a strip club melee has been postponed.
“Both sides have agreed to put it off,” Jones’ lawyer, Manny Arora, said Thursday. “I’d imagine they’re still investigating the case, and we’re working on our part of the case.”
Jones had been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Monday when a judge would decide whether the case should be bound over for trial in state court.
A judge could set a new date to hear evidence against the troubled 24-year-old Tennessee Titans cornerback and two companions. The delay also could allow time for both sides to negotiate plea deals.
Prosecutor Victoria Villegas said defense lawyers will appear Monday on behalf of their clients, who will not have to attend.
Police have not identified a gunman in February’s wounding of three people outside Minxx Gentleman’s Club minutes after Jones is alleged to have incited a fracas and threatened employees inside.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones in April for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy for incidents that included five arrests. Jones was arrested a sixth time in June.
Jones faces two felony charges of coercion in Las Vegas stemming from allegations that he threatened to kill club employees and that he bit a bar bouncer in the melee during the NBA All-Star Game weekend. He faces a maximum of 12 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Robert “Big Rob” Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., a man identified as Jones’ bodyguard, faces one felony coercion charge accusing him of attacking a Minxx bouncer who tried to restrain Jones.
Sadia Morrison, 25, of New York, faces five charges, including felony assault with a deadly weapon and battery stemming from allegations that she hit a bouncer with a bottle and attacked other club employees with a chair.
All three intend to plead not guilty, said their Las Vegas lawyer, Robert Langford.