Experts suggest that Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the man authorities link to the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington cases, stands no chance of bail and little chance of a life outside prison-- even if he attempts an insanity defense.
The video arraignment in Fairfax will likely involve advising the 32-year-old Charlottesville man of his right to counsel and outlining his recent indictment for a 2005 rape, abduction, and attempted murder. What Jesse Matthew probably won't get is a bail hearing.
"This defendant's chance of getting a bail anywhere is nothing, it's zero."
When it comes to public relations, many police departments stick to press releases and news conferences where they might show off drugs they’ve confiscated or ask the public’s help in tracking down a suspect. In Richmond, that’s only the beginning. Their top PR person has attracted the attention of people worldwide - using social media to spread the good news about cops.
In recent years, Virginia’s DNA database has tripled in size, due to state laws mandating the collection of DNA from felons.
There have been calls for further expansion of the database, to include more misdemeanors….though some civil libertarians object.
"It's too late for Morgan. Save the next girl."
That's Gil Harrington, mother of the Virginia Tech student whose mysterious death spurred the family to press for deeper testing, including so-called familial DNA, something Virginia added to its forensic repertoire three years ago.