A special grand jury updated the indictment for the young man accused of fatally shooting three University of Virginia football players and injuring one last year. The new charges are just one step under facing the death penalty.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a former UVA football player, was accused of opening fire on a charter bus returning from a field trip to view “The Ballad of Emmett Till” back in November 2022, per The Daily Progress. Authorities say Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were killed in the shooting and Mike Hollins was shot but survived his injuries.
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Virginia tailback Mike Hollins, a survivor of the on-campus mass shooting that took place a year ago, scored his first touchdown of the season near the end of the first half of Saturday’s game. The play is Hollins’ first touchdown since he was hurt in the shooting that killed three UVA football players.
Hollins took the handoff on a 2nd and 2 play and found an open hole for the four-yard rushing score through a handful of James Madison defensive players, cutting the Dukes’ lead to 17-14 after the Cavs trailed 14-0 to start the game.
Hollins said he considered leaving Virginia for good after the shooting, but instead elected to return to the university and play again for the Cavaliers football team.
It’s still unclear what Jones’ motives for the shooting were but university officials said they were previously notified that Jones had a gun he kept in his dormitory and had a prior criminal record for carrying.
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