UVA Shooting: Suspect accused of killing 3 University of Virginia football players is denied bond as new revelations emerge



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The pupil accused of killing three University of Virginia football players after a college subject journey was denied bail Wednesday throughout a courtroom listening to in Charlottesville.

According to a witness, suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. shot one of the players, Devin Chandler, whereas he was sleeping, the Albemarle County prosecutor mentioned. Fellow UVA Cavaliers Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry had been additionally killed.

Wednesday’s listening to additionally revealed that Jones was charged and convicted of reckless driving and hit and run in 2021 and had a hid weapons cost the identical yr. He acquired suspended sentences for all of the offenses.

Jones stays in custody in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, in line with on-line information. He was assigned a public defender till his subsequent listening to in December – a standing listening to that may talk about whether or not Jones has retained personal counsel, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingeley mentioned.

Jones was on a subject journey Sunday with fellow UVA college students to see a play in Washington, DC, a college spokesperson mentioned.

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

Jones faces three fees of second-degree homicide and three counts of utilizing a handgun within the fee of a felony, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. mentioned.

He additionally faces two counts of malicious wounding, every accompanied by a firearm cost. Two others had been injured within the capturing, Hingeley mentioned.

The prosecutor recognized the injured as Marlee Morgan and Michael Hollins.

In an emailed assertion, UVA Health spokesperson Eric Swensen indicated, with out naming anybody, that one of the injured stays within the hospital in truthful situation.

Hollins, a junior working again on the college’s football workforce, was intubated however steady Tuesday morning, his household mentioned. On Wednesday, the household mentioned in an announcement that he underwent two profitable surgical procedures within the final 48 hours.

“As Mike begins down the trail in the direction of therapeutic – bodily, emotionally and spiritually – the method will take time,” an announcement from the household learn. “We ask that you just respect his privateness and proceed giving him house to fix.”

CNN reached out to the household of Marlee Morgan.

UVA pupil Ryan Lynch instructed CNN affiliate KYW-TV she was on the bus the place the capturing occurred and noticed Jones push one of the victims.

“Chris bought up and pushed Lavel,” Lynch mentioned. “After he pushed him, he was like ‘You guys are all the time messing with me.’ Said one thing bizarre like that, nevertheless it was very weird as a result of they did not speak to him the entire journey.”

Then gunfire erupted.

“They simply stored coming, increasingly gunshots,” Lynch instructed KYW. “We thought he was going to shoot everybody on the bus.”

But “the shooter simply sort of walked or, like, skipped off the bus,” Lynch mentioned.

Jones purchased two weapons, a semiautomatic rifle and a pistol, in separate purchases this yr, in line with the proprietor of Dance’s Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights.

But Jones additionally had twice unsuccessfully to purchase a firearm there, Marlon Dance instructed CNN in an e mail. In 2018 he was youthful than the authorized age (21) to purchase a handgun and was denied a purchase order. Three years later he tried to purchase a rifle, however failed a background examine, in line with Dance.

In an e mail to CNN, Virginia State Police Spokesperson Corinne Geller mentioned an investigation into the tried buy on July 8, 2021 revealed that the state police firearms transaction heart denied Jones’ request primarily based on an ongoing authorized matter.

“The pending cost was diminished to a misdemeanor by the courtroom in October 2021, thereby eradicating the prohibition towards future purchases,” Geller mentioned.

CNN has reached out to the University of Virginia Police for touch upon the capturing investigation and the gun used however has not heard again.

UVA’s scheduled sport towards Coastal Carolina on Saturday has been canceled, the college’s athletics division introduced Wednesday.

“The sport would have been Virginia’s remaining house sport of the 2022 season,” an announcement from the athletics division mentioned.

“A call if Virginia will take part in its remaining sport of the season, a Nov. 26 (Saturday) date towards Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, has not been made right now.”

Meanwhile, the Atlantic Coast Conference launched steering Wednesday describing how the remainder of the convention will assist UVA going ahead.

“The ACC is a household and when one member of our household hurts, all of us harm,” mentioned Jim Phillips, ACC commissioner, in an announcement. “Our ideas and prayers are with all of these impacted and we are going to proceed to assist UVA in any means attainable throughout this tough time.”

The ACC produced UVA helmet decals that will likely be worn by each convention faculty, and a second of silence will likely be noticed in any respect ACC house football video games this upcoming weekend, in line with an announcement from the convention.

The ACC has additionally produced UVA robust graphics for convention colleges to make use of on social and digital media.

Prior to Sunday’s capturing, Jones was the topic of a pending case with the college’s judicial council as Sunday’s capturing unfolded, officers mentioned.

“On September 15, within the context of reviewing a possible hazing challenge, UVA Student Affairs heard from a pupil that Mr. Jones made a remark to him about possessing a gun,” mentioned Brian Coy, the college spokesperson.

That particular person “didn’t see Mr. Jones in possession of a gun,” and the “remark about proudly owning a gun was not made along with a menace,” Coy mentioned.

“In the course of their investigation, University officers spoke with Mr. Jones’ roommate, who gave no indication of the presence of any weapons. In the course of their investigation, University officers found that Mr. Jones had beforehand been tried and convicted of a misdemeanor hid weapons violation in 2021, for which he acquired a 12-month suspended sentence and a small superb.”

Coy mentioned all through the investigation “Mr. Jones repeatedly refused to cooperate with University officers who had been searching for extra details about the claims that he had a firearm and about his failure to reveal the earlier misdemeanor conviction.”

“The Threat Assessment Team escalated his case for disciplinary motion” on October 27, Coy mentioned.

The faculty’s judicial council took over the case, and the outcomes are pending, Longo, the college’s police chief, mentioned.

Jones was additionally concerned in a hazing investigation on campus that was closed as a result of witnesses wouldn’t cooperate, Longo mentioned.

Jones is listed on UVA’s athletics web site as a football participant in 2018 who, as a freshman, didn’t take part in any video games. A UVA spokesperson instructed CNN Jones had a pre-existing damage that prevented him from taking part in on the football workforce in 2018.

Jones went via medical remedy and rehabilitation throughout his time with the workforce and was solely a member of the workforce for one season, the spokesperson says.

“What I do know is that the younger man was a pupil starting in 2018 and was a walk-on for one semester with our football program,” Williams mentioned Tuesday.

On Tuesday, UVA football head coach Tony Elliott spoke publicly for the primary time because the capturing. He described the times following the assault as a nightmare.

“I’m prepared for any person to pinch me and wake me up and say this did not occur,” Elliott mentioned, including that Tuesday “was significantly better, we had been in a position to transition from the ache to discovering just a little bit of pleasure in celebrating the lives of Lavel, D’Sean and Devin.”

The deaths of players Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry left three huge holes on a workforce that felt extra like household than something, the coach mentioned. He went on to explain them, calling Chandler “the life of the occasion,” Davis “the massive man on campus” and Perry “the quiet man everybody wished to find out about.”

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Elliott recommended the power of his workforce and workers for coming collectively and having the ability to course of the capturing. Elliott mentioned the workforce has impressed him to maintain pushing ahead. At the identical time, he mentioned the workers has made it their mission to make sure the workforce had all of the assets they wanted and that nobody went into isolation.

“The message to the workforce is we’ll rejoice their lives going ahead and the influence that they’ve made so far and the legacy that they will be an element of serving to us set up going ahead,” Elliott mentioned.

Correction: A earlier model of this story incorrectly spelled the final identify of UVA Health spokesperson Eric Swensen.

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