Suspect charged in murder of University of Virginia football player denied bonds as new revelations emerge | CNN

CNN — A man charged with killing three University of Virginia football players was denied bail in Charlottesville on Wednesday. Albemarle County prosecutors said suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. shot one of the players, Devin Chandler, while he was sleeping, according to an eyewitness. The hearing also revealed that Jones had been charged and convicted of reckless driving and hit-and-run in 2021, and concealed weapons charges the same year. He was placed on probation for all of his crimes. According to online records, Jones is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. A university spokesperson said Jones went on a field trip with his fellow UVA students to see a play in Washington, DC, on Sunday. As the bus returned to the Charlottesville campus, authorities said a 22-year-old opened fire on the bus and killed Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry. UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said Jones is facing three counts of second-degree murder and use of a handgun when committing a felony. He also faces two counts of malicious injury, each involving a gun charge. Albemarle County Commonwealth prosecutor James Hingeley said two others were injured in the shooting. Prosecutors identified the injured as Marlee Morgan and Michael Hollins. One was in serious condition and the other was released from hospital, UVA Health spokesperson Eric Swensen said Tuesday. Swensen did not identify the two men. Hollins, a senior on the college football team, was intubated but is stable Tuesday morning, his family said. CNN has reached out to Marlee Morgan’s family. UVA student Ryan Lynch told CNN affiliate KYW-TV that she was on the bus where the shooting occurred and saw Jones shoving one of her victims. “Chris got up and pushed Lavel.” Lynch said. “After he pushed him away, he said, ‘You guys play with me all the time.’ He said such strange things and he was very strange because throughout the whole trip he didn’t speak to him.” Then gunshots exploded. “They kept coming, and I heard more and more gunshots,” Lynch told KYW. “We thought he was going to shoot everyone on the bus.” But “it looks like the shooter just walked or jumped off the bus,” Lynch said. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play Coastal Carolina on Saturday. UVA Athletics Director Carla Williams said the athletics department, along with the football team and staff, would decide whether to play. “We’ll use our best judgment,” she said late Tuesday. “I will make a decision soon.” Jones was arrested Monday afternoon in Henrico County, about 80 miles east of Charlottesville, and transferred to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the Sunday shooting, Jones was the subject of a pending case with the University Judicial Council as the Sunday shooting unfolded. “On September 15th, in the context of reviewing potential harassment concerns, UVA Student Affairs Unit received word from a student that Mr. Jones had commented on possession of a gun,” said University spokesperson Brian Coy. The person “didn’t see Jones carrying a gun” and “no mention of owning a gun was made in relation to the threat,” Coy said. “During the investigation, university officials spoke with Mr. Jones’ roommate, who did not indicate the presence of any weapons. During the investigation, university officials discovered that Mr. Jones had previously been tried and convicted of a misdemeanor concealed weapons offense in 2021 and served 12 months probation and a minor fine.” Throughout the investigation, Coy said “Mr. Jones has repeatedly refused to cooperate with university officials who are seeking further information about his alleged possession of a firearm and his failure to disclose his previous misdemeanor convictions.” “The threat assessment team has escalated his case to disciplinary action,” Coy said on Oct. 27. The school’s Judicial Council has taken over the case and the outcome is pending, said Longo, the school’s police chief. Jones was also involved in freshman investigations on a closed campus because witnesses did not cooperate, Longo said. Jones is listed on UVA’s athletics website as a football player who did not play in any games as a freshman in 2018. A UVA spokesperson told CNN Jones that he had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from playing on the 2018 football team. Jones underwent treatment and rehabilitation during his time with the team and was a member of the team for only one season. the spokesperson says “All I know is that the young man has been a student since 2018 and he has been a walk-on for one semester with our football program.” Williams said Tuesday. On Tuesday, UVA football head coach Tony Elliott spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting. He described the days following the attack as a nightmare. “I’m ready for someone to pinch me and wake me up and tell me this didn’t happen,” said Elliott. ” The deaths of players Chandler, Davis Jr., and Perry left three big holes in the team that felt like family above all else, the coach said, who went on to call Chandler “the life of the party”, Davis “a big shot on campus” and Perry ” Elliott praised the strength of his team and staff, who were able to come together and move on with the shoot. Elliott said it inspired the team to keep moving forward. “The message to the team is the future of their lives, the impact they have made so far, and how they will be part of the legacy that will help us move forward,” said Elliott. Correction: In an earlier version of this story, UVA Health spokesperson Eric Swensen’s last name was misspelled.

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