The judge deciding on whether or not to reinstate two misdemeanors against Adam “Pacman” Jones in Rutherford County has continued the case until Jan. 3, 2008.
Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry ruled in January that Jones must stay trouble-free between Jan. 11 and July 5 of this year to have charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct stemming from an Aug. 2006 incident expunged from his record.
However, because of charges filed against Jones of felony coercion in Las Vegas last month stemming from a Feb. 19 fight that escalated into a triple-shooting, the district attorney’s office decided to revisit the case in Rutherford County.
“The judge has said that the only issue he will be looking at is the allegations from Las Vegas,” Jones attorney Worrick Robinson said. “He knows that they are just allegations, but at the same time, he felt it was incumbent upon him to wait and see if anything develops.”
Jones has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Las Vegas, where prosecutors there accused him of instigating a fight in the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club.
By delaying the Murfreesboro case until early next year, it will give Loughry time to see what happens in the matter in Las Vegas and the ability to apply that to the case in Rutherford County, if necessary, to determine whether or not to reopen and sentence Jones in the case or to determine that he complied with the stipulation that he exhibit “good and lawful behavior.”
During the time leading up to the continuance of the trial, Jones’ time period of good behavior will not be extended, according to Robinson. The time period as it relates to the Rutherford County case applies only to the time originally specified by Loughry, a time that expired on Thursday.
Jones, who has been suspended for the entire 2007 NFL season by Commissioner Roger Goodell, still has another set of charges pending against him in Georgia, stemming from a 2006 incident. He was charged with felony obstruction in that matter for allegedly biting a police officer while resisting arrest.
Jones is also being sought as a witness to an Atlanta strip club shooting last month that might have involved people he knew after an alleged incident inside Club Blaze.
In all, Jones has been at or near 11 difference police investigations since being drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He has been arrested six times, but has no convictions from any of those arrests as yet.
Efforts to reach Rutherford County District Attorney Bill Whitesell were unsuccessful.