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Jesse Matthew Lawyers Seek to Ban Media at Pretrial Hearing



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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)

     Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case.

    A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify at a pretrial hearing Thursday in Fairfax.

    Thirty-three-year-old Jesse Matthew is charged in the Fairfax attack, and in a separate case with Graham's death.

    Thursday's hearing is to determine whether the victim can reliably identify Matthew as her attacker. Matthew's lawyers believe her recollection of the decade-old attack has been corrupted by pretrial publicity that has frequently shown Matthew's mugshot.

    In a motion filed this week, Matthew's lawyers requested to ban reporters from Thursday's hearing, saying press coverage just days before his scheduled jury trial will taint the jury pool.