UPDATE: Jesse Matthew Faces Attempted Capital Murder Charge in Fairfax County
Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrough announced three felony charges against 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. Monday afternoon.
Matthew faces attempted capital murder, abduction, and a sexual assault charge in relation to a September 2005 attack on a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax County.
"The charges speak for themselves," said Morrogh. Matthew is currently behind bars at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail on an abduction with the intent to defile charge related to the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
Morrogh said a bench warrant will be filed Thursday in Fairfax County Circuit Court to have Matthew transported to Fairfax to face the charges. A court date has not been set.
Morrough said Fairfax County officials will continue to work with authorities in Charlottesville, Albemrle County, and Virginia State Police. Along with the abduction charge related to the Graham investigation, Matthew has been forensically linked to Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington's disappearance in 2009.
Morrough declined to discuss evidence related to the investigation but said the victim is grateful to detectives for not giving up on the case.
When asked to talk about possible punishments for the three charges, Morrough said "the death penalty is not available on these charges because our victim is alive."
October 20, 2014
The suspect in Hannah Graham's disappearance, Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., is set to be indicted on charges related to a September 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax County.
According to the indictment, 32-year-old Matthew faces charges of attempted capital murder, abduction, and sexual penetration with an object.
Court documents read:
"Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill --(victim)-- in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile."
This indictment comes two days after human remains were found off of Old Lynchburg Road, that police believe could be related to the Hannah Graham investigation. Matthew is facing one abduction charge with the intent to defile in the disappearance of Graham.
Matthew has also been forensically linked to Morgan Harrington's disappearance in 2009.
A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Fairfax for the latest information.
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