Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., the former University of Virginia football player accused of murdering three of his former teammates on a charter bus after returning from a school field trip, received additional charges in connection with the two surviving victims prior to the Wednesday. accusation.
One day before his 23rd birthday, Jones will be arraigned in Albemarle County, the reason for which is unknown.
Jones was initially charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of active UVA football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis and D’Sean Perry, as well as three counts of using a handgun to commit a felony. Two other UVA students were injured and hospitalized.
At an athletic department news conference Tuesday, University of Virginia head football coach Tony Elliot mourned the loss of “three beautiful young human beings who had incredible futures ahead of them.”
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The team hasn’t practiced for two days, and UVA’s game against Coastal Carolina scheduled for next weekend has since been cancelled.
One of the survivors is a UVA football player, Michael Hollins Jr. He was initially in critical condition and was intubated Monday night. He underwent a second surgery Tuesday, was removed from a ventilator and was reported to be fine, according to Baton Rouge attorney Gordon McKernan.
McKernan spoke to Sports Illustrated on behalf of the family. Hollins’ mother, Brenda, has worked for her law firm for the past seven years, and McKernan’s son played basketball and soccer with Hollins in high school.
“It’s been tough,” McKernan said. “He’s what you want your son to be. He’s that guy. He’s been in our house so much. We’ve gone on trips with them. He’s polite, respectful, intelligent. He’s driven, tenacious, and persistent.”
A prosecutor identified the fifth victim for the first time Tuesday as Marlee Morgan, a college sophomore. She was reportedly hospitalized in good condition on Monday and released on Tuesday. A LinkedIn profile bearing her name says that she is studying finance and financial management services at the University of Virginia. From Houston, Texas, she is also interning at Lighthouse Midstream Services, according to the profile.
Jones also faces two counts of malicious wounding in connection with injuries sustained by Hollins and Morgan, Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney James M. Hingeley revealed Tuesday, according to The Richmond Times Dispatch and The Daily Progress. Hingeley said Jones will appear in court on Wednesday via video link. The hearing, initially scheduled for Tuesday, was pushed back a day.
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The shooting broke out on a charter bus in a campus parking lot before 10:30 p.m. Sunday night as students were returning from a school field trip to see a play in Washington, DC.
A shelter-in-place order was extended for approximately 12 hours as police conducted an extensive, building-by-building search for Jones. The warrant was lifted as the manhunt continued, though police were confident Jones had left the Charlottesville campus. He was arrested around 11 am in Henrico, Virginia.
At a news conference Monday, UVA President Jim Ryan said investigators did not yet have a “full understanding” of the motive or circumstances surrounding the shooting.
University Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said Jones had faced a previous investigation for hazing, but that the investigation was “ultimately closed due to uncooperative witnesses.”
Jones had also been the radar for UVA’s threat assessment team on an alleged criminal incident involving a weapons violation that occurred outside Charlottesville, Longo said. He was facing administrative charges for failing to report the matter to the university, as all UVA students are required to do.
UVA’s football website says Jones was a member of the team during the 2018 season, but did not play in any games. Jones had not been on the team for over a year. He was a walk-on and on the team for one semester.
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Asked if the hazing incident was related to Tuesday’s football team, UVA athletic director Carla Williams said she wasn’t aware of that and didn’t have any details beyond what she said. police said Monday.
Jones’ father told local news outlets that he believed his son was being bullied and was becoming paranoid.