Homicide

Hearing set for 2 students charged in Virginia teen's death

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details Friday, May 20, 2016, during a hearing in the case against Natalie Keepers and Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details Friday, May 20, 2016, during a hearing in the case against Natalie Keepers and Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This January 2016, file photo provided by Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details Friday, May 20, 2016, during a hearing in the case against Keepers and David Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)

    FILE - This January 2016, file photo provided by Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details Friday, May 20, 2016, during a hearing in the case against Keepers and David Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Two former Virginia Tech students charged in the disappearance and death of a 13-year-old girl are due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the January stabbing death of Blacksburg seventh-grader Nicole Lovell. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body.

A judge will decide after Friday's preliminary hearing whether there's probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

At a previous hearing, a prosecutor said the two college students from Maryland met at a fast-food restaurant on Jan. 26 to plan Nicole's death. Authorities have not given a possible motive.