CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A University of Virginia student accused of killing three members of the school’s football team and injuring two other students in a campus shooting is being held without bail, a judge ordered Wednesday.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. did not plead the numerous charges he faced when he first appeared in court. Jones appeared from prison via video link and told the judge he planned to hire an attorney, but the judge appointed a public defender to represent him for the time being.
The judge has also scheduled a status hearing in the case for December 8.
University officials and police said Jones, 22, joined a group of about two dozen others on a field trip from the Charlottesville campus on Sunday to see a play in the nation’s capital, about 120 miles away. When their bus got back on campus, authorities said Jones opened fire, killing Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler and injuring two others, one of whom was also a football player.
Jones – who police said was able to flee the shooting, sparking a manhunt and a 12-hour campus lockdown – is facing three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding and additional charges related to guns.
The violence at the state’s premier public university has sparked days of grief among students and faculty, the broader Charlottesville community and other supporters. Classes resumed Wednesday, although the school announced it was canceling its last home football game of the season, a Saturday game against Coastal Carolina.
No decision has yet been made as to whether UVA will attend its final game of the season on Nov. 26 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the university said in a press release.
Jones has been in custody in a Richmond suburb since his arrest late Monday morning. Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney James Hingeley is handling the case against him.
University President Jim Ryan said Monday authorities did not have a “full understanding” of the motive behind the shooting. Court documents filed so far on the matter have not offered any additional insights.
According to athletic director Carla Williams, Jones was a member of the football team during the 2018 season, a one-semester walk-on.
In interviews, Jones’ father has expressed confusion and astonishment and has apologized to the victims’ families.
One of the two hospitalized students was discharged from the medical center Tuesday, according to Eric Swensen, a spokesman for the health system.
Family members of Mike Hollins, a running back on the team, said he underwent a second operation on Tuesday.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35039300/uva-suspect-christopher-darnell-jones-jr-remains-custody UVA suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. remains in custody