CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – Just before 1pm on Tuesday, November 11, Christopher Jones Jr. arrived at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
He currently faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, but additional charges are likely to be filed.
He is currently awaiting trial at ACRJ.
“The allegations against Mr. Jones are very serious.” NBC29 Legal Analyst AC Rieman said. “The reason is that three people are dead, two are injured, and because of that, there are consequences that change lives and communities.”
According to Rieman, only one count of second-degree murder carries a life sentence.
“The second-degree murder charge means that he intended to kill those people on that bus, so the prosecution has to prove all counts of the crime.” Rieman said. “Three separate episodes, three separate people, three separate lives lost.”
Christopher Jones Jr. will be arraigned in Albemarle Grand District Court. The first step is a trial, which involves a few steps.
“Number one is to identify the suspect. Number two is to inform the accused of the charges against them. Number three, it’s also an opportunity for defendants to plead not guilty or guilty,” Rieman said.
At the trial a decision will be made as to whether bail is appropriate. Then both sides prepare for trial.
“The thing that takes a long time is to prepare a trial, because all the evidence has to be collected on both sides,” Rieman said. “The burden of proof is on the prosecution, and they have to prove that Mr.
Albemarle District Court Chief Judge Matthew Quatrara dismissed the case because he issued arrest warrants. Judge Kenneth Andrew Sneathern presided over the first hearing.
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