Judge to consider pretrial motions in UVa. murder case

Jesse Matthew Jr., looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va., Nov. 14, 2014. | AP Photo

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A judge is set to consider several pretrial motions in the case of a man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student.

Jesse Matthew Jr. is charged with capital murder in the September 2014 disappearance and death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham. His trial is set for next summer.

Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins is set to consider about a dozen defense motions at Thursday’s hearing.

Among them is a request that she bar people in the courtroom from displaying any symbols supporting Graham. The county’s chief prosecutor has filed court papers opposing that motion and most others.

8News will be in the courtroom. Stay with us for the latest updates.

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