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Canine expertise: Bloodhound at center of Jesse Matthew hearing

A judge ruled that police did not make misrepresentations to a magistrate when seeking a search warrant during a hearing that stretched more than nine hours January 11 on a defense motion to suppress evidence in the capital case against Jesse Matthew for the abduction and murder of UVA student Hannah Graham. Central to Matthew’s objection to […]

Judge denies Jesse Matthew’s request for secret hearing

Attorneys for Jesse Matthew, who is accused of capital murder in the death of UVA student Hannah Graham, asked in court October 7 for a separate judge to hear their request for experts without the prosecution’s presence. Even naming the expert or the broad area of expertise in open court would “compromise” Matthew’s trial strategy, […]

Unusual motion filed in Jesse Matthew case

The defense for Jesse Matthew Jr., now on trial for the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, filed three motions to the Albemarle Circuit Court September 8. While two of the three motions are frequently seen in cases where the death penalty is sought, the defense’s third is a rarity. Graham went missing […]

#MeToo effect: Movement brings local victims forward

Since 2017, when the #MeToo movement galvanized women across the country to speak out about sexual abuse and assault, local support agencies have seen a dramatic increase in requests for help. Calls to the Sexual Assault Resource Agency to accompany victims to the emergency room increased by 42 percent from fiscal year 2017 to 2018, […]

Search warrant upheld: Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in Jesse Matthew case

An attorney for Jesse Matthew called the search warrant for Matthew’s Hessian Hills apartment so broad it amounted to a “fishing expedition” because it didn’t limit what could be considered trace evidence and biological material. At a January 21 hearing, Judge Cheryl Higgins denied the defense motion to suppress evidence collected. The parents of Hannah […]

‘Bittersweet’ bills: Governor signs legislation that could save the next girl

The parents of two young women who were murdered here were among those in the dignitary-filled room June 21 at Charlottesville’s Central Library, where Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation expanding the collection of DNA for misdemeanor crimes that, had it previously been in effect, could have saved UVA student Hannah Graham and Virginia Tech student […]

UPDATE: Hannah Graham’s death ruled a homicide

UPDATE, 4:58pm Tuesday: Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide. The Albemarle County Police Department released the cause and manner of death in the Graham case Tuesday afternoon, following earlier reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond was withholding the information at the request of the Charlottesville Police Department. “The cause […]

Hannah Graham case POI worked as cab driver

As police search for a person of interest in the Hannah Graham case after losing track of him on Saturday, September 20, details about his employment history are emerging. “On Saturday, we became aware that several years ago Jesse Matthew worked at Yellow Cab,” said Yellow Cab of Charlottesville owner Mark Brown, who told C-VILLE that […]

On misinformation and the media frenzy around the Hannah Graham case

I agreed to be a phone-in guest on a national television show last night to discuss developments in the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington investigations. Within seconds of going live, I was thrust into what I can only describe as an orgiastic frenzy of misinformation that I was unable to dispute successfully on air, and […]

Remains identified as missing UVA student Hannah Graham

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond has confirmed that the remains found near a vacant home south of Charlottesville on October 18 are those of missing 18-year-old UVA student Hannah Graham, police announced Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Graham family and Hannah’s friends during this incredibly difficult time,” read a release […]

Jesse Matthew pleads guilty, receives four additional life sentences

  Convicted murderer Jesse Matthew pleaded guilty to the first degree murders and abductions of both Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington in Albemarle County Circuit Court on March 2. He was given four life sentences—the maximum sentence for each count. Matthew will avoid the death penalty because Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci nolle prossed his capital murder charge […]

Tempo restaurant releases statement on Hannah Graham

Statement by Brice Cunningham, owner of Tempo Restaurant concerning the investigation into the disappearance of Hannah Graham The Tempo Restaurant family joins the entire Charlottesville community as it continues its search to find Hannah Graham and return her to her family. As longtime members of  this unique city, we share the resolve to ensure that Charlottesville […]

Search effort, media coverage shrink in Hannah Graham case

Speaking to a small throng of about half a dozen reporters—one-tenth the number present at last week’s press events for missing UVA student Hannah Graham—Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers said the search for Graham will continue at least through the end of this week in targeted areas and with smaller numbers of volunteers. For […]

Motions in Jesse Matthew trial to be filed under seal

At a previous motions hearing, Judge Cheryl Higgins allowed police to unshackle Jesse Matthew’s belly chain, freeing his hands to only handcuff restraints. Nonetheless, in a September 30 hearing, Matthew appeared, once again, with handcuffs attached to his belly chain, making it difficult for him to raise his right hand when he waived his rights […]

Where is Hannah Graham? Tracking the investigation so far

By the time Hannah Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, first spoke about their daughter’s disappearance on Sunday, September 21, the 18-year-old UVA second-year had been missing for more than a week. It showed. Sue Graham, dressed in a long-sleeved T-shirt bearing Hannah’s ski team logo, wore a mask of pain while her husband offered an […]

Police lose track of POI as search for Hannah Graham enters second week

The parents of missing UVA student Hannah Graham spoke publicly for the first time at an afternoon press conference today, one week after their daughter was reported missing and minutes after Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told assembled reporters that police have lost track of the person of interest in her disappearance. “I believe Jesse […]

Legal tangle: Who will represent accused Hannah Graham abductor?

A recent Virginia court appearance of accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse L. Matthew Jr. is raising questions about who will represent him in what could be the most serious and complex set of prosecutions spanning multiple jurisdictions in recent memory. On Friday, October 31, Matthew appeared via video feed accompanied by his Charlottesville-based attorney Jim Camblos […]

Comings and goings draw more attention than Jesse Matthew

The status hearing for accused murderer Jesse Matthew had the former Monticello High student in court December 17 for what was basically the postponement of scheduling a motion hearing to bring in uncharged crimes during sentencing, should he be convicted of the murder, abduction and capital murder of Hannah Graham in July. Garnering more attention during the brief […]

Jesse Matthew in court for motions hearing

The Jesse Matthew hearing December 7 was the last court appearance in the charges stemming from the murder and abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham for outgoing Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford, and the man who defeated her in November and will take over the capital case, Robert Tracci, was in the Albemarle courtroom. Tracci hugged Gil […]

UPDATED: Video shows man following missing UVA student Hannah Graham

UPDATED, 10:20am Thursday, September 18: Charlottesville police say videos of missing UVA student Hannah Graham on the Downtown Mall early Saturday morning have pointed them to a man who said he followed the 18-year-old and then saw her talking to another man. The first video, taken at 1:06am from Sal’s Pizza at 221 E. Main […]