Jesse Matthew, Jr. expected to enter guilty pleas

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in Albemarle County, Virginia, Jesse Matthew, Jr. will enter a guilty plea in the two high-profile murder cases he is charged in. A judge set the trial for their case for October 24 of next year.

In September, a judge set the trial for the Hannah Graham murder and abduction case for July of this year. In October, he was sentenced to three life sentences in Fairfax County. Matthew entered an Alford Plea in June for attempted capital murder and sexual assault on a woman in 2005. DNA evidence collected from Matthew during last year’s investigation of Graham’s disappearance linked him to the Fairfax case, which had been unsolved.

A message to the media on Monday from Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert N. Tracci said:

On March 2, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a hearing in the Albemarle County Circuit Court during which is anticipated that Jesse Leroy Matthew, Junior will be entering pleas of guilty to resolve both the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington abduction and murder cases. In the interest of protecting the integrity of the judicial process, our office is unable to provide any additional details as to the specific details of the pleas or any other information related to the case at this time. We are providing a release in order to ensure that media outlets with an interest in covering this matter have appropriate notice of the nature of Wednesday’s public hearing.

Last March, prosecutors charged the 33-year-old with the murder and abduction of Hannah Graham. He was also charged with the 2009 disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

“It’s been a long haul. We’re getting tired.” — Gil Harrington

Harrington’s mother Gil Harrington told 8News that her family is relieved that the case will have some closure.
“It’s been a long haul,” Harrington told 8News’ Amy Lacey. “We’re getting tired.”

“It’s more compassionate for the families involved,” she added.

In October, a judge sentenced Matthew to life in prison for the brutal rape of a third woman in Fairfax County.

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