A University of Virginia shooting suspect accused of opening fire on a charter bus of classmates returning from a trip to Washington last month, killing three former football teammates, wounding a fourth college player and another student is expected to appear in court. Thursday.
Christopher Darnell Jones, 23, is expected to appear in Charlottesville at 9:30 a.m., FOX 5 DC reports.
It will serve as a status hearing in Albemarle County District Court after Jones was arraigned last month.
Jones is charged with multiple felonies, including three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. UVA football players Devin Chandler, LaVell Davis and D’Sean Perry were killed and the surviving victims, UVA football player Michael Hollins Jr. and sophomore Marley Morgan, were injured in a Nov. 13 shooting in an on-campus parking lot behind the drama department building. . at the university.
A 12-hour manhunt ensued and more than 500 students took cover as authorities conducted a door-to-door search for the suspect until Jones was captured off campus in Henrico, Virginia.
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UVA has canceled its final two football games of the season and plans to hold a memorial service on campus.
Members of the UVA football team also attended each of the three funerals for Chandler, Davis and Perry.
Authorities found that Jones faced a prior murky investigation and that UVA was being administratively charged for failing to report a gun violation that occurred outside of Charlottesville.
Jones, a former UVA football standout who never played a game, was caught carrying a concealed 9mm semi-automatic handgun during a traffic stop in Chesterfield County in February 2021. After pulling Jones over for failure to register his vehicle, officers discovered he was wanted. Charged with failure to stop for an accident in St. Petersburg resulting in more than $1,000 in damages and reckless driving for an August 2020 incident.
He was arrested and eventually received two 12-month prison terms. Both sentences were suspended.
Despite UVA banning all firearms on campus regardless of permit status, a search of Jones’ second-floor dorm room on campus after the charter bus shooting turned up a semi-automatic rifle, a handgun, ammunition and an enhanced weapon found a device intended for rate of fire.
According to reports, a Virginia State Police agent who conducted the search found a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle, a Smith & Wesson Model 39 handgun, a box of Winchester .223 ammunition, two Glock 9mm magazines, a gun cleaning kit and a Franklin. Armed binary trigger.