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Virginia’s state attorney general to name special counsel in shooting deaths of 3 football players

The Virginia Attorney General’s office will appoint a special counsel to review the events that led to the deaths of three University of Virginia football players earlier this week, it said Thursday.

Attorney General Jason Miyares will assign the special counsel to investigate both the threat that accused gunman Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. posed to the campus in the weeks before he allegedly shot and killed three fellow students and University of Virginia officials investigate ‘ actions, both before and after the incident.

The application was made by the University of Virginia and its Visitors Committee.

“As this investigation proceeds, there are many valid questions about the shootings that remain to be answered and that are unlikely to be answered during the course of the criminal proceedings,” said UVa Principal Whittington W. Clement and President James E Ryan, wrote to Miyares, according to The Washington Post. “Accordingly, we are writing to you today to request that you exercise your authority under Virginia law to appoint a special outside counsel with expertise on these matters to conduct an independent review of the university’s response to, and efforts in, the shooting.” Period prior to the tragedy to assess the potential threat Mr. Jones poses to our community.”

Jones, 22, is being held without bail at the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Regional Jail after he was arrested late Monday morning after a 12-hour search in Henrico County. He was charged with 10 felonies — three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious assault and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

According to The Washington Post, Virginia police will take over the criminal investigation into Sunday’s shooting that killed Cavaliers football players Lavel Davis, D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler after a school trip to a play in Washington, DC

Running back Mike Hollins and a 19-year-old Houston student were also shot. After two surgeries, Hollins was transferred from intensive care on Wednesday, according to a statement from the family.

The special counsel’s report will be released once it’s ready, the attorney general’s office confirmed.

“A public report will be shared with students, families, the wider UVA community and government officials in due course,” said Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita. “The Attorney General will work at a deliberate pace while ensuring that all necessary resources are allocated to the state and local authorities’ criminal investigations.”

(Photo by D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel Davis courtesy of the University of Virginia)

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