CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAVY) — A prosecutor in the case against a former UVA football player accused in a deadly shooting this weekend claims the suspect shot one of the victims in his sleep.
Christopher Darnell Jones appeared in court Wednesday morning via video monitor from the Albemarle County Detention Center.
During the arraignment, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingeley stated that a witness during the shooting reported seeing Jones pointing his gun and firing at specific people. The witness also recalled seeing Devin Chandler, one of the three victims who died, was asleep when Jones shot him. The witness added seeing Chandler “sliding to the floor.”
Chandler, along with Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, died during the Sunday evening shooting. All three played for the Cavaliers football team.
University officials confirmed the shooting happened on a charter bus full of students returning from a field trip.
On Thursday, Virginia State Police announced that they have “assumed primary responsibility” regarding the investigation. State Police have been attached to the investigation since the early stages and will be able to bring additional resources and personnel to the case.
10 On Your Side Hayley Milon has learned that Jones had been working at the local Boys and Girls Club prior to the shooting. Jones stated that he plans to hire a lawyer. This process will take approximately two weeks. In the meantime, a judge has appointed a public defender in the case to represent him.
Jones is currently being held without bond. His next court hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 8. He is facing 3 counts of second-degree murder and 5 counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and two counts of malicious wounding in connection with shooting on Grounds.
10 On Your Side’s Hayley Milon will have the latest updates on the case starting at 12 p.m. on WAVY TV-10.
Jones’ father, Christopher Darnell Jones Sr., spoke with NBC News just hours after police arrested Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.
His father is in disbelief, though he also said that the last time he spoke with his son, he noticed something was off.
“He had some problems. Last time I talked to him, he said some people was picking on him or whatever; he didn’t know how to handle it. I just told him, just go to school don’t pay ’em no mind, do what you’ve got to do,” Jones Sr. told NBC News.
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