UVa Suspect Charged in 2nd Murder

Jesse Matthew accused of killing Virginia Tech student in 2009
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2015 2:07 AM CDT
UVa Suspect Charged in 2nd Murder
Gil and Dan Harrington speak at their home in Roanoke, Va., yesterday in reaction to Jesse Matthew being charged with first-degree murder.   (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

A man already facing a capital murder charge has been charged with the murder of a Virginia Tech student who vanished after a Metallica concert in 2009. Jesse Matthew was indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with the intent to defile in the case of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The 33-year-old former taxi driver was arrested last year after the disappearance of 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Her disappearance bore strong similarities to the Harrington case and forensic evidence linked him to that crime as well as a rape case, CNN reports.

Harrington's mother says she has been going to every one of Matthew's court appearances "because I want him to know that I know" and that she's relieved that he has finally been charged. "That the person responsible will be brought to justice, there's a lot of satisfaction in that," she tells WDBJ7. "Something as heinous as taking someone's life should have consequences. Today, finally, the domino cascade of consequences for Jesse Matthew for killing Morgan Harrington has started." (More Jesse Matthew stories.)

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