The 60-day deadline for the State of New Mexico to move forward with a case against former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones expires on Monday, and he has yet to be indicted.
Jones was arrested on April 28 for allegedly causing a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 26.
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He was freed on a $2,500 bond following a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Bodily Harm or Death. Jones allegedly ran a red light and smashed his rented SUV into a car, which, in turn, smashed into another car. The driver of the car he allegedly smashed into suffered a fractured arm and wrist. Jones then fled the scene on foot, reportedly without so much as checking to see if anyone was injured.
Monday was the 60-day deadline for the State to move forward, but they didn’t because of a lack of evidence.
“The State has not proceeded to the grand jury because we are awaiting crucial evidence, including medical records for the alleged victim and CADS (computer aided-dispatch systems) reports from the Albuquerque Police Department,” said Kayla Anderson, Public Information Officer for the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
“According to the new Case Management Order, the State must provide all discovery to defense at or before arraignment. Proceeding on a case without complete discovery could result in the likely dismissal of the case altogether,” she continued.
That doesn’t mean that Jones simply walks away from the case unscathed. The State can and will bring a case against Jones if the evidence it receives supports it.
“The State is not required to file any additional documents with the Court, as the defendant is currently not in custody. His Conditions of Release, set previously by the Court, will expire as a result of the 60-day deadline,” said Anderson.
“We have requested both pieces of outstanding evidence, and anticipate moving forward when we have a completed case investigation.
“We’ll work to get a completed case, review it, and then if appropriate, present the case to a grand jury (for indictment).”
Following his arrest, the UFC stripped Jones of his championship and put him on an indefinite suspension.
Jones could be facing a much more severe outcome if the DA decides to move forward with the case and a grand jury indicts him.
Fox Sports 1 legal analyst Rob Becker outlined a bleak prognosis for the 27-year-old, “I think he’ll get three years.”
But first, the DA will await further evidence before determining how to proceed.