Homicide

Judge to consider pretrial motions in case of man charged with killing Virginia student

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.