Suspect in the Hannah Graham & Morgan Harrington Case Jesse Matthew Pleads Not Guilty to the 2005 Sexual Assault of “RG” in Fairfax County, VA
Jesse Matthew, the suspect in Hannah Graham’s disappearance and the death of Morgan Harrington, appeared in court Friday to answer charges on another case of abduction and sexual assault from 2005. Jesse Matthew is facing three felony charges: attempted capital murder, abduction with intent to defile and sexual penetration with an object. Matthew’s plead “not guilty” to all three charges related to the September 2005 incident. The victim is only referred to as “RG”. Authorities state that on September 24, 2005, a 26 year-old woman was returning from a grocery store in the city of Fairfax when someone grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. The victim was raped and beaten nearly to death and only spared because her attacker was scared off by a passer by.
At Friday’s court hearing, lawyers for the 32-year-old Matthew waived the hearing of the charges against him. But according to the indictment in the 2005 case, he “did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill (the victim) in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile.”
The woman now lives in India and is prepared to fly to the United States to testify Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh told reporters Friday.
The victim “RG” now lives in India; however, is ready to travel back to the United States and testify against her attacker in the upcoming trial, Fairfax County. Judge Dennis Smith set a trial date of March 9.
While he awaits the next legal steps in the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Jesse Matthew appeared in court Friday to answer charges on another case — an alleged abduction, sexual assault and attempted murder from nearly a decade ago.
During a brief appearance at the Fairfax County Courthouse in northern Virginia, Matthew only uttered two words — “Not guilty” — to all three charges related to the September 2005 incident.
Judge Dennis Smith set a trial date of March 9. The trial is expected to last six or seven days.
Authorities say that on September 24, 2005, a 26-year-old woman was returning from a grocery store in the city of Fairfax when someone grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her.
Linkage of the three cases of Hannah Graham murder … Morgan Harrington murder and “RG” sexual assault and attempted murder
Most recently, DNA recovered from underneath the fingernail of the sexual assault victim linked Matthew to the abduction of University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham.
Graham was last seen on Sept. 13 on surveillance video walking with Matthew in downtown Charlottesville. In October, remains found on an abandoned property on Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County were identified as those of Graham.
According to officials, forensic evidence linked to the Fairfax rape also links Matthew to the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
Harrington was last seen leaving the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville in 2009. Her remains were found in Albemarle County in January 2010. Harrington was from Roanoke County.
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.
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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
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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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- Blink will be with me discussing the Morgan Dana Harrington case and the Hannah Graham case and how the two are connected
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Daily Commentary – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Breaking News in the Hannah Graham Missing Persons Case
- DNA of the suspect in the Hannah Graham case matched DNA collected in the Morgan Harrington 2009 murder case. Go to blinkoncrime.com and scaredmonkeys.net for updates
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Jesse Matthew, Suspect in Missing UVA Coed Hannah Graham Disappearance Linked by DNA to Second Missing & Murdered Case of VA Tech Student Morgan Harrington
BREAKING NEWS- sources inside the investigation of both the murder of Morgan Dana Harrington and the abduction with the intent to defile of 2nd year student at UVA, Hannah Graham have confirmed to S. Christina Stoy, Editor in Chief of www.blinkoncrime.com that DNA belonging to Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr matches the DNA link to that of a wanted suspect in the Harrington murder.
Further tests are being conducted to connect Mr. Matthew to a 2005 Fairfax sexual assault as well.
Virginia State Police are saying that Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, is also linked through forensic evidence to the 2009 death if 20 year old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Our sister site, Blink on Crime has done extensive research on the Morgan Harrington case thru the years. Matthew was recently arrested in Galveston county, Texas and charged him with the class 2 felony of abduction with intent to defile. No arrest has ever been made in the Morgan Harrington case, and the cause of her death is still under investigation. According to CNN affiliate WTVR, there are at least two other women besides Graham and Harrington who have disappeared from the same area since 2009. Alexis Murphy of Lovingston and Samantha Clarke of Orange also went missing there.
Morgan Harrington, left – Hannah Graham, right
The arrest of Jesse Matthew — the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham — has resulted in a “significant break” in the 2009 death of another young woman in the same area, police said.
Virginia State Police say there is a “new forensic link” between the Hannah Graham case and the death of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, who went missing after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in October 2009. Her remains were found on a farm months later.
Almost from the start, speculation was raised about the possibility of a connection between Graham’s disappearance and Harrington’s death.
Look for a story later today at Blink on Crime connecting the two cases between missing Hannah Graham and murdered Morgan Harrington.
The Dana Pretzer Show – Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – Don’t miss tonight’s show with Authors Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien, Gil Harrington, Blink from BlinkOnCrime and Gene Servantes
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- Gil Harrington on the Morgan Dana Harrington Murder Case
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- Gene Cervantes from Citizens Against Homicide and The Upcoming Las Vegas Conference
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METALLICA Teams Up with FBI and Virginia Police … We Need Your Help to Find the Individual Who Murdered Morgan Harrington (VIDEO)
Metallica lead singer James Hetfield appears in an online video asking the public for help for tips in the death of Morgan Harrington. The 20 year old girl went missing when she was last seen leaving a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Oct. 17, 2009. Harrington’s skeletonized body was found three months later in a hayfield on a remote farm in Albemarle County, VA, about 10 miles from the concert venue.
Metallica is helping law enforcement authorities try to find the killer of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared from an October 2009 concert by the heavy metal band in Charlottesville, Va.
As part of an FBI multimedia campaign announced Wednesday, Metallica lead singer James Hetfield appears in an online video appealing to the public for tips in the death of Morgan Harrington.
The FBI claims that it has DNA evidence linking the unknown suspect to a sexual assault in Fairfax, VA in 2005. The case was of a 26-year-old woman was attacked at night while walking home from a grocery store. The attacker was scared away by a passer-by. The victim got a good look at the man, enabling a Fairfax city police artist to produce an initial sketch of the attacker.
As part of the campaign, enhanced composite sketches of the suspect will appear on bus shelters in Washington, D.C., and on digital billboards there, the cities of Roanoke and Richmond and 23 states along the East Coast. Corinne Geller, a state police spokeswoman, said it is her understanding that Charlottesville does not have digital billboards.
Other components include a website dedicated to the Harrington case, the announcement by Metallica’s Hetfield urging anyone with information about the case to come forward, social media outreach and more.