Hingeley speaks following alleged UVA shooter's first court appearance
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The suspect in the weekend shooting at the University of Virginia made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.
Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr. is being held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. He appeared by video stream in the Albemarle County General District Courthouse.
During the hearing, the prosecutor released more details of the facts of the case. Afterward, he said what he's expecting moving forward.
"I can assure you that the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has been working closely with all the police agencies that have been involved in this case," Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Hingeley said outside the courthouse.
Inside the hearing, Hingeley quoted a witness as saying that Jones aimed his gun and was not shooting randomly on the bus.
He added that Jones allegedly shot Devin Chandler while he was sleeping, and Chandler then slid to the floor.
Hingeley also discussed Jones' criminal record, including two cases in the Richmond area.
One was for a concealed weapons violation and the other was for a hit-and-run with property damage and reckless driving.
Jones had received 12-month, suspended sentences in both cases.
"It's a very, very challenging and difficult case," Hingeley said.
Hingeley worked as a public defender before being elected as the Commonwealth's Attorney in 2020. He said he's dealt with these kinds of cases before.
"I know about cases that carry the highest stakes in our judicial system, so this is one of those cases," he said.
Hingeley also had a message for the victims’ families.
"All of us in the community care for the victims' families and wish for the speedy recovery of those who are being treated at the hospital," he said.
Jones said he will be seeking his own counsel, which he said could take two weeks.
Until then, a public defender will represent him. Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Murtaugh is expected to visit with Jones.
A status trial date has been set for the morning of Dec. 8.