UVA shooting: Suspect accused of killing 3 University of Virginia football players denied bond due to new revelations

UVA shooting: Suspect accused of killing 3 University of Virginia football players denied bond due to new revelations


The student accused of killing three University of Virginia football players was denied bond after a school field trip Wednesday during a court hearing in Charlottesville.

According to an eyewitness, the suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr Devin Chandler shot a player while he was sleeping, the Albemarle County prosecutor said. Fellow UVA Cavaliers Lavell Davis Jr. and De’Sean Perry were also killed.

Wednesday’s hearing also revealed that Jones was charged and convicted of reckless driving and hit-and-run in 2021, and that he had a concealed weapons charge the same year. He received a suspended sentence for all the offences.

Jones remains in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, according to online records. He was assigned a public defender until his next hearing in December — a status hearing that will discuss whether Jones has retained private counsel, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingley said.

Jones was on a field trip Sunday with UVA students to watch a play in Washington, D.C., a university spokeswoman said.

When the bus returned to the Charlottesville campus, authorities said, the 22-year-old opened fire on the bus, killing Chandler, Davis and Perry.

Jones faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said.

He also faces two malicious wounding, each with a firearm charge. Two others were injured in the shooting, Hingeli said.

Prosecutors identified the injured as Marley Morgan and Michael Hollins.

One is in critical condition and the other has been released from the hospital, UVA Health spokesman Eric Swansen said Tuesday. Swansen did not identify any individuals.

Hollins, a junior running back on the varsity football team, was pregnant but stable Tuesday morning, her family said. CNN reached out to Marley Morgan’s family.

UVA student Ryan Lynch reported this information CNN affiliate KYW-TV He was on the bus where the shooting happened and saw Jones push someone.

“Chris got up and pushed Lovell,” Lynch said. “After he pushed her, she was like ‘You always mess with me.’ Said something weird like that, but it was so weird because they didn’t talk to him the whole trip.

Then the shooting started.

“They just kept coming, more and more gunshots,” Lynch told KYW. “We thought he was going to shoot everyone on the bus.”

But Lynch said, “The shooter just kind of walked, or, jumped off the bus.”

UVA’s scheduled game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday has been canceled, the university’s athletics department announced Wednesday.

“The game would have been Virginia’s final home game of the 2022 season,” a statement from the athletics department said.

“Whether Virginia will participate in the final game of the season, Nov. 26 (Saturday) against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, has not been decided at this time.”

Before Sunday’s shooting, Jones was the subject of a pending lawsuit before the university’s Judicial Council as Sunday’s shooting became public, officials said.

University spokesman Brian Coy said, “On September 15, as part of a review of a possible hazing issue, UVA Student Affairs heard from a student that Mr. Jones had made a comment about him having a gun.

The man “did not see Mr. Jones have a gun” and “the comment about having a gun was not made in conjunction with the threat,” Coy said.

“During their investigation, university officials spoke with Mr. Jones’ roommate, who gave no indication of the presence of a weapon. During their investigation, university officials discovered that Mr. Jones had previously been tried and convicted in 2021 of a misdemeanor concealed weapons violation, for which he received a 12-month suspended sentence and a small fine.”

Many said during the entire investigation “Mr. Jones repeatedly refused to cooperate with university officials who sought additional information about claims he possessed firearms and his failure to plead guilty to a prior misdemeanor.”

“The threat assessment team has extended its case for disciplinary action” on October 27, Coy said.

The school’s judicial council accepted the case, and the outcome is pending, said Longo, the school’s police chief.

Jones was involved in a hazing investigation on campus that was closed because witnesses would not cooperate, Longo said.

Jones is listed on UVA’s athletics website as a 2018 football player who did not participate in a sport as a freshman. A UVA spokesperson told CNN Jones had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from playing on the football team in 2018.

Jones went through treatment and rehabilitation during his time with the team and was only a member of the team for one season, the spokesman said.

“All I know is the young man was a freshman starting in 2018 and was a walk-on with our football program for one semester,” Williams said Tuesday.

On Tuesday, UVA football head coach Tony Elliott spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting. He described the days after the attack as a nightmare.

“I’m ready for someone to pinch me and wake me up and say this didn’t happen,” Elliott said, adding that Tuesday “was so good, we were able to find some joy out of the pain and celebrate the lives of Lovell, De’Sean and Devin.”

Death of players Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry left three huge holes on a team that felt more like a family than anything, the coach said. He went on to describe them, calling Chandler “the life of the party,” Davis “the big guy on campus” and Perry “the cool guy everyone wanted to know about.”

Left to right: Devin Chandler, De'Sean Perry and Lavelle Davis Jr.

Elliott credits the strength of his team and staff for coming together and being able to process the shoot. Elliott said the team motivated him to keep going. At the same time, he said workers have made it their mission to ensure the team has all the resources they need and that no one goes into isolation.

“The message to the team is we’re going to celebrate their lives going forward and the impact they’ve had so far and the legacy they’re going to be a part of helping us move forward,” Elliott said.

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled the last name of UVA Health spokesman Eric Swansen.

#UVA #shooting #Suspect #accused #killing #University #Virginia #football #players #denied #bond #due #revelations

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button