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Trial Date Set for Jesse Matthew in 2005 Fairfax Case

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    Trial Date Set for Jesse Matthew in 2005 Fairfax Case

    Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the Charlottesville man charged with the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, will go on trial June 8 in a separate crime in Fairfax County.

    Matthew's trial in Fairfax County was initially scheduled to begin March 9, but a judge postponed the trial earlier this month. Matthew's lawyers had said they needed more time to prepare for trial.

    Matthew's new trial date was set Friday in a case dating back to 2005.

    He is accused of attempted murder and sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman who was attacked while walking home from a grocery store. The woman was dragged into a wooded area; her assailant fled after being startled by a passer-by.

    Matthew has pleaded not guilty.

    He was charged last October, a few weeks after he was arrested in the Graham case.

    Matthew is also charged with the murder of Graham, who went missing in September after a night out with friends. Her body was found a month later.

    Before the identification of Matthew as a suspect, authorities said they had linked the 2005 Fairfax case to the 2009 disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who vanished after attending a concert at U.Va. Her remains were found in early 2010.

    Matthew has not been charged in the Harrington case.

    Matthew's Fairfax trial is expected to last about two weeks.