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Matthew Murder Trial May Closely Follow Fairfax

Feb 18, 2015

Sixteen days after his indictment for the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Jesse L. Matthew Jr. is on his way to a jury trial in Albemarle.

Refusing to follow the defense's request for trial by judge, Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford insisted on a jury. And veteran defense lawyer Scott Goodman explains why.

Virginia's James City County paid $25-million to buy water it never bought and may have to pay $33-million more...

And VCU is preparing for major schedule disruptions when a world cycling event comes to downtown Richmond this fall. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

Jesse Matthew, Jr. Charged in Murder of Hannah Graham

Feb 10, 2015

Nearly five months after University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went missing, the man last seen with her has now been indicted for murder. 

Earlier this month, an Albemarle County grand jury charged  Matthew with abduction and murder in the death of the 18-year-old student.

"These indictments signal the beginning of the next phase in what has been an incredibly difficult process for the family of Hannah Graham, for our community, and for the men and women of the many departments and agencies who have worked on this matter since September of last year."

DNA Could Offer Another Avenue for Serial's Syed

Feb 9, 2015
Hawes Spencer

The popular NPR podcast Serial is back in the headlines with news that a young Maryland man convicted of killing his high-school girlfriend will get the opportunity to appeal.

Here in Virginia, a separate effort is underway to determine whether the guy featured in Serial is the real killer.

Charlottesville police finally broke their silence Wednesday to discuss the disappearance of an 18-year-old University of Virginia student. Security videos have shown her walking and running through town, heading for the downtown mall.

Investigators now hope surveillance tapes from merchants there might provide new clues to the wherabouts of Hannah Graham.