Sex Crimes

Victim in 2005 attack linked to Hannah Graham case expected to testify at pretrial hearing

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case. A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify at a pretrial hearing Thursday in Fairfax. Thirty-three-year-old Jesse Matthew is charged in the Fairfax attack, and in a separate case with Graham's death. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool)

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case. A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify at a pretrial hearing Thursday in Fairfax. Thirty-three-year-old Jesse Matthew is charged in the Fairfax attack, and in a separate case with Graham's death. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The victim in a 2005 sexual assault that authorities have linked to the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is expected to take the witness stand at a pretrial hearing.

The victim is flying from India to testify at the trial next week of Jesse Matthew. Police have charged the 33-year-old Charlottesville man with attempted capital murder and sexual assault in the 2005 Fairfax County case, in addition to separate charges of abducting and killing Graham. Authorities say DNA evidence links the cases.

Thursday's hearing is to determine whether the victim can reliably identify Matthew as her attacker. Matthew's lawyers are skeptical that she can and say that her recollection of the decade-old attack might be corrupted by pretrial publicity that has frequently shown Matthew's photo.