Hannah Graham Suspect Charged With Murder

Jesse Matthew will not face the death penalty
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2015 6:32 AM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Hannah Graham Suspect Charged With Murder
In this Nov. 14, 2014, file-pool photo, Jesse Matthew, right, looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va.   (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, File-Pool)

Jesse Matthew, who had already been charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has now been charged with her murder. In today announcing the first-degree murder charge, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford noted Matthew will not face the death penalty. She says that "a great deal of thought went into this determination" but revealed nothing more on the decision-making process. USA Today reports Matthew was indicted yesterday.

Graham was last seen in September, leaving a bar with Matthew; her body was discovered Oct. 18 on an abandoned property. As NBC29 notes, forensics have linked him to the murder of Morgan Harrington, while he has also been charged in a rape case. (More Jesse Matthew stories.)

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