CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – New forensic evidence has led a prosecutor to obtain a capital murder indictment against the man already charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student. And the prosecutor says she'll seek the death penalty against Jesse Matthew Jr. in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham.
Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said Tuesday that she received "compelling evidence" from the state crime lab in February, but she declined to elaborate.
Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins scheduled a hearing for June 25 to set the date for the trial, which Lunsford says she expects to last three weeks. Matthew, who's 33, was already being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.