Homicide

Man accused in abduction, death of University of Virginia student charged with capital murder

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Matthew, accused of abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday, May 5, 2015, she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Matthew, accused of abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday, May 5, 2015, she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

The man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and now faces the prospect of the death penalty.

An indictment announced Tuesday in Virginia's Albemarle County adds the charge in the case against Jesse Matthew Jr.

Prosecutor Denise Lunsford said the charge is based on new forensic evidence in the slaying of 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

Lunsford said she would seek the death penalty if Matthew goes to trial and is convicted on the capital murder charge. He already had been accused of kidnapping with intent to defile.

Graham disappeared in September after a night out with friends in Charlottesville, where the school is located. Her remains were found weeks later in an area about 12 miles from the campus.