PETERSBURG, VA — The University of Virginia student accused of fatally shooting three school football players was faced Tuesday with additional charges linked to the two surviving victims of the attack.
Prosecutors have charged Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. with two counts of malicious injury for allegedly shooting and injuring UVA football player Michael Hollins and Marlee Morgan, a student at the university, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Morgan’s identity as the fifth victim was not revealed until the new charges against the alleged shooter were unveiled.
Jones Jr., 22, is already facing three second-degree murder charges in the tragic deaths of football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.
Hollins, of Baton Rouge, was in critical condition after Sunday’s shooting but pulled through and is doing well after his second operation, a family representative told WDBJ-TV on Tuesday.
Previously in ICU, Hollins, a junior who is running back, is off a ventilator, awake and communicating, Gordon McKernan’s attorney’s office said on behalf of Hollins’ family.
Jones Jr., meanwhile, is expected to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday as his family is still stunned by the fatal shooting.
Jones Jr.’s grandmother, Mary Eliza Jones, told the Post through her door on Tuesday that she could say “things weren’t going well for Jones Jr. at UVA” after seeing him the previous fall before he returned to school.
“I know he had a fall,” she said of her grandson’s state of mind. “I think he had some issues there,” she said, referring to UVA.
Jones’ father, Christopher Darnell Jones Sr., told NBC 12 on Monday his son told him “some people teased him” and “he didn’t know how to deal with it.” The father said he told his son to ignore it.
Jones Jr. was even teased for a decade when Mary Jones shared how her grandson was taunted when he was 12 and living with her.
“All I know is that he was teased a lot,” she said of that time.
She said Jones Jr.’s mother told her about the fatal shooting on Monday.
“I can’t get this thing out of my head with my grandson,” said Mary Jones, noting that he used to take her to church and sing in the choir.
“I’m not just shocked, I’m speechless. I’m not the same person that I was. I was sick and now I’m sicker than sick,” she said softly. “It’s not who he was. It happened for some reason… and only he knows it.”
“That’s not who he is,” Mary Jones continued. “He wasn’t. I can not believe it. I am a Christian and I continue to pray for the victims.”
Jones Jr. allegedly opened fire on a bus just returning from a field trip on Sunday, then led authorities on a 12-hour manhunt before he was caught.
The last identified victim and one of two survivors, Marlee Morgan, is a Houston finance major, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Their connection to the other victims or suspects is unclear and their condition is unknown.
But at a news conference on Monday, UVA President Jim Ryan said he spoke to one of the surviving victims, who is in good condition, while noting the other victim is in critical condition, the newspaper reported.
Hollins was on a ventilator and sedated on the day of Ryan’s testimony, SI.com reported.
The three fatalities — Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry — were commemorated in an emotional vigil Monday night.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/15/accused-uva-shooter-christopher-darnell-jones-jr-hit-with-more-charges-tied-to-surviving-victims/ Accused UVA gunman Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. met with other charges linked to surviving victims