UVa student charged in deaths of 3 football players shot one victim in his sleep, prosecutor says

A University of Virginia student charged with fatally shooting three football players after a field trip over the weekend shot one of the victims while he was sleeping and appeared to be aiming at “certain people,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, appeared via video link from jail for his first court appearance Wednesday morning. No bond was set.

Jones appeared emotionless, dressed in a black and white jail uniform, during the hearing. He was appointed a defense attorney on an interim basis and said he plans on seeking private counsel.

“I will be seeking my own counsel,” he told the court.

Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder, five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of malicious wounding in connection with the campus carnage, court records show.