BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Latest on charges against two Virginia Tech students in the death of a 13-year-old girl (all times local):
A judge has denied bail for a Virginia Tech student charged with being an accessory in the death of a 13-year-old girl.
Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers appeared in court for an hourlong hearing Thursday. She wore an orange jumpsuit, her wrists cuffed and ankles shackled. She looked down as she entered but answered Judge Robert Viar Jr.'s questions clearly and without emotion.
Defense attorneys argued that they needed Keepers released to prepare for her case. They suggested she's under duress and being held in isolation. Prosecutors argued that the accusations over 13-year-old Nicole Lovell's death are reason enough to keep Keepers behind bars.
Keepers' parents attended and held hands at they left.
Fellow student 18-year-old David Eisenhauer also is charged in the death; he's accused of kidnapping and fatally stabbing Nicole. Keepers is charged with being an accessory before and after the crime, and she's accused of helping to hide Nicole's body.
Less than a year ago, David Eisenhauer smiled confidently into a television news camera, discussing his athletic and academic aspirations for a weekly feature on high school athletes in the Baltimore area.
Now the subject of sensational murder charges that have shocked those who know him, his university campus and the nation, Eisenhauer remains an enigma, the mystery compounded by his statement to police after his arrest: "I believe the truth can set me free."
According to police, Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman engineering student and a distance runner on the track team at Virginia Tech, kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl. Another freshman, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, is charged with being an accessory before and after the crime, and helping to hide Nicole Lovell's body off a state highway in North Carolina, two hours south of campus.