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Pacman testifies before grand jury in shooting case

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NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones, left, hides behind his bodyguard and co-defendant Robert Reid, center, as they enter the Regional Justice Center with attorney Robert Langford on Thursday in Las Vegas. Jones testified before a District Court grand jury investigating the Feb. 19, 2007, shooting at the Minxx strip club west of the Strip. Earlier on Thursday, former club manager Tom Urbanski, who was paralyzed from the waist down in the shooting, and other victims testified before the grand jury.

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Kathy, left, and Tom Urbanski arrive at the Regional Justice Center for Tom to testify in a grand jury investigation into the 2007 Minxx strip club shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Launch slideshow »

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Suspended NFL star Adam “Pacman” Jones testified Thursday afternoon before a Clark County grand jury investigating the Feb. 19, 2007, shooting at the Minxx strip club that left former club manager Tom Urbanski paralyzed from the waist down.

Jones, 24, accused of inciting a melee that led to the shooting, pleaded no contest in December to a disorderly conduct charge and agreed to cooperate in the Metro Police investigation.

The Dallas Cowboys cornerback, who is seeking reinstatement to the NFL, showed up on the steps of the Regional Justice Center about 2:10 p.m. with his Las Vegas lawyer Robert Langford and bodyguard Robert Reid. With the help of a half-dozen uniformed courthouse marshals, the trio attempted to elude a waiting Sun photographer.

Wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and black slacks, Jones and his entourage swiftly made their way through the courthouse lobby and down the stairs to the grand jury room in the basement. He declined comment as he walked. Jones spent about 90 minutes inside the grand jury room, which was guarded by marshals in the hallway. When he completed his testimony, Jones evaded a Sun reporter and a photographer by slipping out a courthouse back door under an escort by two plainclothes marshals.

Afterwards, Langford would not discuss his client’s testimony.

About four hours earlier, a wheelchair-bound Urbanski, with his wife Kathy and attorney Matthew Dushoff at his side, rode up a handicap ramp to the courthouse entrance to make his own appearance before the grand jury.

“It felt like business as usual,” Urbanski said afterwards. ”We’re just finally glad that the case is moving.”

Urbanski said he was questioned for about 15 minutes.

Prior to Urbanski’s testimony, another shooting victim, former Minxx bouncer Aaron Cudworth, also testified before the grand jury. He declined comment.

Missing from the grand jury proceedings was Sadia Morrison, a Minxx case co-defendant who was found dead in Bronx, N.Y. in June. New York City police said they are investigating the death, but would not comment on whether they are viewing her death as a homicide.

District Attorney David Roger Thursday declined to comment on the grand jury investigation.

In April, police arrested the suspected gunman in the Minxx shooting, 29-year-old Arvin Edwards of Renton, Wash., on attempted murder and battery charges after Jones picked him out of a police lineup. He is being held in Washington and is awaiting extradition to Las Vegas.

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