Miyares announces special counsels for review of UVA shooting
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A special counsel has now been selected to conduct an external review of the events leading up to the shooting at the University of Virginia in November.
Attorney General Jason Miyares announced on Thursday that the national law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP will lead the review, with attorneys William Burck and Crystal Nix-Hines serving as the primary special counsel.
According to a release, Burck and Nix-Hines are the co-chairs of the law firm’s Crisis Law and Strategy Group and they have extensive experience with internal investigations and crisis management.
Additionally, former U.S. Attorney Zachary Terwilliger will serve as special counsel related to federal, state and local law enforcement issues surrounding the shooting.
The release says Terwilliger has extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local criminal policies and procedures.
He also has specific expertise regarding firearms laws and regulations.
“I have full confidence that Mr. Burck, Ms. Nix-Hines, and Mr. Terwilliger will conduct the thorough and professional external review requested by the University of Virginia,” said Attorney General Miyares. “Understandably, there are many questions about the events that led to the tragedy at University of Virginia. At the appropriate time, a report will be released to the public to help answer those questions.”
Three members of the UVA football team were killed in the Nov. 13 shooting on Grounds.
The players, the alleged shooter and two others were just returning from a class field trip to Washington, D.C. at the time.
The man facing charges for the shooting, Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., was in court in Albemarle County on Thursday.
There will be a preliminary hearing on his murder, malicious wounding and firearms charges in March.
D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel Davis, Jr. were killed. Mike Hollins, Jr., a fourth member of the UVA football team, and another student, Marlee Morgan, were both injured.