Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a University of Virginia ex-football player, was charged with murdering three of his former teammates on a charter bus. He had just returned from a field trip and was now facing additional charges for the deaths of the two survivors.
Jones will be arraigned in Albemarle County just a day before his 23rd Birthday, because the motive is still unknown.
Jones was initially charged in relation to the deaths of three active UVA football players Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis, and D’Sean Perry , as well as three counts each of using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Two other UVA students were also injured and taken to the hospital.
Tony Elliot, University of Virginia Football Head coach, mourned Tuesday’s loss of three young people who had an amazing future.
The team hasn’t practiced in two days and the UVA match against Coastal Carolina has been canceled.
Michael Hollins Jr., a UVA football player is one of the survivors. He was originally listed as in critical condition. According to Gordon McKernan, a Baton Rouge attorney, he had a second operation on Tuesday and was released from the ventilator.
McKernan spoke on behalf of the family to Sports Illustrated. Brenda Hollins, Hollins’ mother has been with his law firm for seven years and McKernan, McKernan’s high school basketball and football player, played with Hollins.
McKernan stated, “It’s been difficult.” McKernan said, “He is the son you want him to be. He is that guy. He has been so frequent at our house. They have been on many trips together. He is polite and respectful. He is determined, persistent, and tenacious.”
On Tuesday, Marlee Morgan was identified by a prosecutor as the fifth victim. She is a sophomore at the university. According to reports, she was released Tuesday after being discharged from the hospital in good health Monday. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is studying finance at the University of Virginia. According to her profile, she is also interning at Lighthouse Midstream Services in Houston, Texas.
According to The Richmond Times Dispatch, Jones faces two counts of malicious injury in connection with the injuries suffered by Morgan and Hollins, James M. Hingeley, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s attorney, revealed Tuesday. Hingeley stated that Jones will appear in court via video link on Wednesday. Hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday was moved back one day.
As students returned from a field trip to Washington, D.C., the shooting started on Sunday night at 10:30 p.m.
A shelter-in place order was extended for approximately 12 hours while law enforcement conducted a thorough, building-by-building hunt for Jones. Although the manhunt for Jones was still ongoing, police believed Jones had fled the Charlottesville campus. He was captured in Henrico (Va.) at 11:15 a.m.
Jim Ryan, President of UVA, stated Monday that investigators still don’t have a complete understanding of the motives or circumstances surrounding the shooting.
University Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. stated that Jones was subject to a prior investigation into hazing, but that the probe was closed because witnesses refused to cooperate.
Longo stated that Jones was also UVA’s threat assessment group’s radar for an alleged crime involving weapons violations. This incident occurred outside Charlottesville. He was being charged with administrative violations for not reporting the matter to UVA, which is the requirement of all UVA students.
According to the UVA football website, Jones was a member of the team during 2018, but he didn’t play in any games. Jones was not on the team for over a year. Jones was a walk on and was only part of the team for one semester.
When asked if Tuesday’s hazing incident was related to the football team, UVA Athletics Director Carla Williams stated that she wasn’t aware and didn’t have any additional details beyond Monday’s police report.
Jones’ father claimed that he believed his son was being targeted and that was becoming paranoid.