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Jesse Matthew Jr. Indicted in Morgan Harrington Case



    Jesse Matthew Jr. Indicted in Morgan Harrington Case
    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 was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    A grand jury indicted the man charged in University of Virginia student Hannah Graham's death in the disappearance and death of Morgan Dana Harrington in 2009.

    Jesse Matthew Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile. Each carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    Harrington, a Roanoke woman who attended Virginia Tech, vanished Oct. 17, 2009, after attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Her remains were found on a remote farm in Albemarle County the following January.

    Matthew is scheduled to appear in Albemarle County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

    On the night of Sept. 12, 2014, Graham, 18, met friends for dinner at a restaurant and then attended two off-campus parties. Officials said she left the second party alone, later texting a friend that she was lost.

    Surveillance videos showed her walking unsteadily, and sometimes running, past a pub and a gas station and then onto Charlottesville's downtown mall very early the next day. She was also shown with a man whom police say is Matthew. In the video, the man is shown wrapping his arm around Graham.

    Graham's remains were found in a rural area five weeks later.

    Matthew was arrested Sept. 24 in Galveston County, Texas.

    Matthew is charged with capital murder in connection with her disappearance and death. His trial is set for next summer.

    Earlier this summer, Matthew entered an Alford plea in a 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax, Virginia. Authorities said DNA under a fingernail of the Fairfax victim provided a link to Matthew.

    DNA from a wooden tip from a cigar butt found in Matthew's wallet linked him to the Harrington case and the Fairfax case, according to a search warrant.