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DNA Links Jesse Matthew to Morgan Harrington Case, Reports NBC29

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    Court documents show how DNA links Jesse Matthew to the case of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student found dead in early 2010. (Published Monday, Nov. 24, 2014)

    Court documents show that DNA links Jesse Matthew to the case of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student found dead in early 2010, reports NBC29.

    Matthew, 32, is the suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose remains were found in October. He has not been charged in Harrington's case, but police have said he is linked to both that case and a 2005 attempted murder in the City of Fairfax.

    He is facing an abduction charge in Graham's case and three felonies in the Fairfax case. He has pleaded not guilty to the Fairfax charges. Authorities have said that DNA under a fingernail of the Fairfax victim provided a link to Matthew.

    According to a search warrant obtained by NBC29, Charlottesville police found a "wooden tip from a cigar butt" inside Matthew's wallet; the document states that the DNA from that tip provides matches to both the Harrington case and the 2005 Fairfax case.

    Harrington was wearing a Pantera T-shirt the night she disappeared in fall 2009. The shirt was later recovered; the warrant states that it had "multiple DNA stains" on it, according to NBC29.

    NBC29 in Charlottesville reports that in the search warrant, police list the crime as first- and second-degree murder but that doesn't mean Matthew is facing those specific counts.

    The warrant also reportedly asked for several years of Matthew's cellphone records.

    Virginia State Police had no comment on the search warrant details, reported NBC29's Henry Graff.