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Trial date set

Cowboys owner Jones to stand trial in February

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Posted: Friday November 19, 1999 05:38 PM

  Jerry Jones Jones is charged with interference with public duties, a Class B misdemeanor. Brian Bahr/Allsport

DALLAS (AP) -- A Feb. 14 trial has been scheduled for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' misdemeanor case arising from an August traffic violation in suburban Dallas.

Dallas County Criminal Court-at-Law Judge Ralph Taite set the jury trial Friday at the request of Jones' attorneys.

The case began Aug. 29 when Highland Park police stopped Jones and his family for allegedly speeding while en route to the baptism of his grandson.

According to police, the officer questioned the driver of one of the two cars in the family caravan when Jones approached. The officer said Jones asked if he could drive on with the rest of his entourage because they were late.

The officer told Jones to wait, but police say Jones left anyway. Other police followed Jones and arrested him near the church.

Jones has said he thought the investigating officer had all the information he needed before he left the scene.

He missed the christening and eventually was charged with interference with public duties, a Class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.

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