Jesse Matthew back in court in Fairfax as defense seeks gag order

Jesse Matthew  (Photo: Charlottesville PD)

Jesse Matthew
(Photo: Charlottesville PD)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ The Charlottesville man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is expected back in court for a second straight day on an unrelated attempted murder charge in Fairfax County. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Friday for Jesse Matthew. He faces charges including attempted capital murder in Fairfax in connection with a 2005 sexual assault. He has been charged in Charlottesville with abducting Graham, but has not yet been charged with her murder. The Fairfax case is expected to go to trial in March. Defense attorneys, concerned about pretrial publicity, have requested a gag order. Prosecutors are opposed, saying they want freedom to discuss procedural issues and are careful not say anything prejudicial. On Thursday a judge rejected a request from news media for cameras in the courtroom.

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