Suspect in Hannah Graham kidnapping pleads not guilty in Fairfax case

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ The man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student has pleaded not guilty in a Fairfax County courtroom on an unrelated sexual assault charge.   Thirty-two-year-old Jesse Matthew made his first in-person court appearance in Fairfax on Friday morning. He’s charged there with attempted capital murder and other counts stemming from a September 2005 attack on a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax City. After entering his not guilty plea, the judge set a March 9 trial date. Matthew was arrested and charged in September with abducting 18-year-old Hannah Graham, whose remains were found near Charlottesville after a month-long search. Authorities say DNA evidence linked him to the 2005 assault in Fairfax as well as the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

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