Pacman Jones' Lawyer Demands Evidence
Friday, June 15, 2007; 4:50 AM
LAS VEGAS -- Adam "Pacman" Jones' lawyer urged authorities Thursday to file criminal charges or stop trying to link the Tennessee Titans cornerback to a strip club melee and triple shooting.
Attorney Robert Langford said no evidence tied Jones to the shooting, and DNA comparisons failed to show the NFL star was responsible for a bite injury reported during the February mayhem. He termed what happened a "glorified bar fight at best."
"It is really unfair to Mr. Jones that they continue to assert some investigation when they can't come up with any more evidence," Langford said.
Las Vegas police Wednesday turned over to Clark County District Attorney David Roger the results of a nearly four-month investigation of the Feb. 19 fracas inside the club. The shooting moments later outside left a bar employee paralyzed and two other people wounded.
No new suspects were identified, police Lt. George Castro has said, and police were not seeking new charges since Roger first declined to prosecute in April. Castro did not respond to a message Thursday.
An aide to Roger said it could take several days for the district attorney to decide if there is enough information to file charges against Jones and two friends, Robert Reid of Carson, Calif., and Sadia Morrison of New York.
The Las Vegas allegations were among a series of arrests and encounters with police that led NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Jones for one season.
Jones agreed Tuesday not to appeal the suspension. The 23-year-old player could be reinstated after 10 games for good behavior if he adheres to conditions set by Goodell and is not arrested again. Missing the entire season would cost him his salary of nearly $1.3 million.
Jones' agent, Michael Huyghue, said Thursday that Jones cooperated during three Las Vegas police interviews and underwent two DNA tests that cleared him of accusations that he bit a club bouncer.
Manny Arora, another lawyer for Jones, said those who accused the player of biting a club employee claimed they saw him sitting with the shooter. Arora said Jones should have been charged if video inside the club existed.
Arora blamed police for announcing they were seeking lesser charges against an NFL celebrity while remaining silent on who they think was responsible for the shooting.
Officer Martin Wright, a department spokesman, said: "Everyone's got their opinion. We're going to let the legal system run its course."
AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville contributed to this report.