The man accused of leading Phoenix police on a high-speed chase during which two Valley news helicopters collided in July 2007 is facing additional charges.
Christopher Jermaine Jones, 25, was re-indicted on Friday and now is facing 41 counts including aggravated assault, theft of means of transportation, leaving the scene of an accident, unlawful flight, endangerment and criminal trespass, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
Jones is accused of leading Phoenix police on the car chase that five news helicopters were following over downtown Phoenix on July 27 before two of them collided, killing KNXV's (ABC15) pilot Craig Smith, 46, and photojournalist Rick Krolak, 55, and KTVK's (Channel 3) pilot Scott Bowerbank, 42, and photographer Jim Cox, 37. The two choppers crashed in Steele Indian School Park at Central Avenue and Indian School Road.
Jones was arrested later that day in a west Phoenix home after SWAT team members stormed the residence he had barricaded himself in.
Jones initially was charged with unlawful flight, two counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of auto theft on July 31, 2007, days after the crash, according to information from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.