Hearing delayed for man accused of slaying Virginia student

Steven Vander Briel (Photo: Fredericksburg Police Department)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A man accused in the slaying of a University of Mary Washington student will undergo a mental health evaluation before his next court appearance.

An evaluation of Steven V. Briel’s mental health was to be presented at a hearing Thursday. But his attorneys said they had difficulties arranging the assessment, according to The Free Lance-Star.

His next appearance is scheduled on Dec. 17 in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.

The 30-year-old defendant is charged with the April 17 slaying of 20-year-old Grace Mann of McLean. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, strangulation and abduction.

Briel was a part-time Mary Washington student who shared a house with Mann and two other women.

He is being held without bond.

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