Victim in Jesse Matthew case describes brutal attack

Jesse Matthew  (Photo: Charlottesville PD)

Jesse Matthew
(Photo: Charlottesville PD)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ A woman who authorities say was attacked by the same man who killed college student Hannah Graham last year has told jurors how she struggled to fight off the man who tried to rape her nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew of Charlottesville is charged in Fairfax with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual assault in connection with the 2005 attack on the woman, who was walking home from the supermarket. Matthew is charged in a separate case with Graham’s death. On Monday, the victim in the 2005 attack described being choked and grabbed just steps from her home. She escaped only when a bystander intervened. Prosecutor Ray Morrogh told jurors the woman “fought like the dickens” to fend off the attack and that DNA evidence links Matthew to the crime.

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