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Trial Date Set for Jesse Matthew in 2005 Fairfax Case



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    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.