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Delay Sought in Trial of Jesse Matthew, Man Charged in Hannah Graham's Death

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    Delay Sought in Trial of Jesse Matthew, Man Charged in Hannah Graham's Death
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    Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Attorneys for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student are asking a judge to delay his trial.

    Media outlets report that Jesse Matthew Jr.'s lawyers filed a motion for a continuance Monday. They also asked the state to provide a DNA expert.

    Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins is expected to consider the requests at a hearing Wednesday.

    The 33-year-old Matthew is charged in 18-year-old Hannah Graham's death. His trial on charges of abduction with intent to defile and first-degree murder is scheduled to begin June 29.

    Matthew also faces trial June 8 on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in Fairfax County.

    Authorities say forensic evidence links Matthew to slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. He has not been charged in that case.