Judge denies request to delay trial for Jesse Matthew

Jesse L. Matthew

A judge in Fairfax County has denied a motion to delay the trial for Jesse Matthew.

Matthew, charged in the murder of Hannah Graham in Albemarle, is also charged with attempted capital murder in Fairfax. His defense team argued that they needed more time to prepare their defense in the case.

With today’s denial, the case will go to trial June 8.

Matthew is charged with capital murder in the death of UVA student Hannah Graham. The trial date for that case has not yet been set.

Stay with 8news for updates.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Lawyers for Jesse Matthew have asked to delay a scheduled attempted capital murder and rape trial in Fairfax.

Matthews’ lawyers filed the motion to delay the June 8 trial on Tuesday, a clerk of the court confirmed to 8News.

Matthews, who is also charged with first degree murder and abduction charges in connection to the death of Hannah Graham, was scheduled to go on trial for charges of attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object in connection to a rape that happened in Fairfax back in September 2005.

An indictment in the Fairfax rape case claims Matthew “did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill [the victim] in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile.” In the 2005 Fairfax rape, a man grabbed a 26-year-old woman from behind, forced her into a wooded area and sexually assaulted her. The alleged assailant fled after being startled.

Authorities say DNA evidence obtained from the Hannah Graham case links Matthews to the 2005 assault in Fairfax as well as the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

Stay with 8News for more updates on this developing story.

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