As reported at NBC 4, Jesse Matthew has been charged with capital murder in the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Charlottesville, VA. The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford said Tuesday have upgraded the first degree murder charges against Jesse Matthew to capital murder. Lunsford said the new murder charge that she received “compelling evidence” from the state crime lab in February concerning the 2014 death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham. Although she did not release that information publicly. This now makes the case against Matthew a death penalty eligible case.
The man charged in the abduction and killing of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is now charged with capital murder in the case.
If convicted, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. could now face the death penalty in the death of 18-year-old Graham, who went missing last fall following a night out with friends. Her remains were found five weeks later.
A prosecutor said new forensic evidence led to the additional capital murder charge and prosecutors will seek the death penalty if Matthew, 33, goes to trial.
Matthew was previously charged with first-degree murder, a charge which carries up to a life sentence. He is also charged with abduction with intent to defile and two counts of reckless driving for incidents that occurred early in the investigation.
Graham, 18, disappeared last September 2014 after a night out with friends in Charlottesville, where the school is located. Her remains were found weeks later in woods several miles from the campus. Matthew is a suspect in another college student’s death, faces trial next month for sexual assault in northern Virginia.
Jesse Matthew Jr. Will Be Charged With Murder in the Death of UVA Student Hannah Graham (Albermarle County PD & Prosecutor Press Conference at 11 AM)
JESSE MATTHEWS CHARGED WITH MURDER …
According to many news outlets, Jesse Matthews Jr. will been charged with first degree murder in the death of 18 year old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Matthews was arrested in September 2014 and has already been charged with abduction with the intent to defile in the case of Hannah Graham. The 18 year old UVA coed went missing on 9/13/14 in in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matthew is also charged in connection to a rape case in Fairfax and police have forensic evidence that links Matthews to the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
Two independent sources tell NBC29 that Jesse Matthew has been charged with the first-degree murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
The Albemarle County Police Department and the Commonwealth’s Attorney have scheduled a press conference to be held Tuesday morning to announce updates to the Matthew case.
The Albermarle County Police Department and the county prosecutor are scheduled to hold an 11 a.m. ET news conference to discuss the case.
You can watch the press conference HERE.
The Albemarle County Police Department and the Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney will be hosting a press conference on Tuesday, February 10th at 11 am. The press conference will be in Room A of the County Office Building located at 1600 5th Street, Charlottesville, Virginia.
We will be providing an update in the Jesse Matthew case.
Albemarle County Police Chief, Colonel Steve Sellers and Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Denise Lunsford will be speaking at the press conference.
Jesse Matthews Jr., suspect in Hannah Graham disappearance could be linked to 10 violent crimes against women in Virginia since 2002.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – Sadly, It Appears the Body of Hannah Graham Has Been Found
- The body was found Saturday, October 18th approximately 5 miles from where the body of Morgan Dana Harrington was found. Follow the latest in the case at blinkoncrime.com or in the Scared Monkeys forum.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Download
Daily Commentary – Friday, October 17, 2014 – Reminder of Rewards Offered in the Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham Cases
- There is a $100k reward offered for the safe return of Hannah Graham and a $150k reward offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Morgan Dana Harrington
Daily Commentary – Friday, October 17, 2014 Download
The Dana Pretzer Show – Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Podcast Only – With Special Guest Blink from Blink on Crime
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- With Blink from Blink on Crime discussing the Morgan Harrington case and the Hannah Graham case and other crimes that suspect Jesse Matthew might be connected to
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The Dana Pretzer Show – Thursday, October 16, 2014 Download