Violent Crime

Attorneys Won't Pursue Death Penalty
3:54 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Jesse Matthew, Jr. Charged in Murder of Hannah Graham

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."

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Law & Crime
4:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

DNA Could Offer Another Avenue for Serial's Syed

Deidre Enright, UVA Law School Innocence Project
Credit 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.

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Sexual Assaults on Campus
4:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Lawmakers Debate Mandatory Reporting

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Should universities be required to report sexual assaults to police?  That a question being hotly debated in Richmond this week. 

After Jesse Matthew Junior was charged with kidnapping Hannah Graham, the public learned he was earlier accused of sexual assault at two other universities in Virginia.  That led Charlottesville Democrat David Toscano to draft  House Bill 2139 – a measure that would require schools to report such claims to police, and a new poll by the Commonwealth Education Policy Institute shows strong public support for the idea.

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Police Say Daughter Knew Suspect
1:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Double Murder in Charlottesville: "Not A Random Act"

Photo: Hawes Spencer

Charlottesville police say the murder of two women over the weekend was not a random act – that a man now in custody knew at least one of his victims. 

Police Chief Tim Longo said the arrest of 30-year-old Gene Washington came after officers  searched outside the Barracks Road West apartment complex and questioned neighbors about the brutal murders of elementary school teacher Robin Aldridge and her 17-year-old daughter Mani.

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"They Blamed the Victim"
3:17 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

UVA Students Continue Dialogue on Sexual Assault, PTSD, and Irresponsible Journalism

Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

In the wake of Rolling Stone renouncing its own story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, some students say that Jackie, the undergraduate at the center of the storm, has been abused-- this time by the magazine.

"We are trying to stop a culture of blaming the victim, but that's exactly what they did: they blamed the victim."

That's Jacob Irby, as he meets up with members of a student singing group along Rugby Road. Another, Frank Song, says the article carved a path of destruction by portraying administrators and students as indifferent to rape.

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