Charlottesville, Va. (WDBJ) – Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since his arrest. He appeared in court via video link from the Albemarle County Regional Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.
During that court hearing, the Commonwealth’s Attorney shared details from a key witness to the fatal shooting.
Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingley told the courtroom what the witness reported to police. A gunman shot Devin Chandler while he was sleeping on a bus returning from a class field trip to Washington, D.C.
“This is a very challenging and difficult case,” Hingeli told reporters outside court.
Chandler was one of three University of Virginia football players shot and killed Sunday night. Hingeli said the shooting was targeted and not random.
“I can assure you that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is working very closely with all the police agencies involved in this case,” Hingley said.
Marley Morgan and Michael Hollins are the two students who were injured in the shooting and are in the hospital.
“All of us in this community care for the families of the victims and wish the speedy recovery of those hospitalized,” Hingeli said.
Jones Jr. is now facing several charges; Three counts of second degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm.
“Our main concern is that this suspect gets a fair trial,” Hingeli said.
The judge made Jones Jr. a public defendant until he could get a private attorney.
“I know about challenging cases, I know about cases that have the highest stakes in our justice system,” Hingeli said. “This is one of those cases.”
Jones Jr. is due back in court Dec. 8 in Albemarle County.
A memorial service for the victims will be held this Saturday at 3:30 p.m
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