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Miyares selects California firm to investigate UVA shooting

Notes to three slain football players are written on a Charlottesville bridge on UVA campus.
The special counsel’s work will be supervised by the office of Attorney General Jason Miyares. (File photo: Scott Elmquist/VPM News)

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has assigned a special counsel to independently investigate last month’s  deadly shooting at the University of Virginia.

A team of three attorneys from Quinn Emanuel, a firm headquartered in California, will review the events that led up to the tragedy.

A former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who is also a UVA graduate, will focus on law enforcement’s response to the shooting. Two other lawyers will lead the review into the school’s processes. The special counsel’s work will be supervised by Miyares’ office.

“There are many questions about the events that led to the tragedy at UVA,” the attorney general said about the investigation. “And at the appropriate time, a report will be released to the public to help answer those questions.”

UVA student  Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. is suspected of killing three UVA football players and injuring two other students on a charter bus as they returned from a field trip last month. Jones had his first in-person court appearance on Thursday, when a judge set a March preliminary hearing date.

Jones faces 10 charges, including three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler.

Whittney Evans is VPM News’ features editor.
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