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Defense seeks delay in trial over Virginia student’s death

March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student are asking a judge to delay his trial.

Media outlets report that Jesse Matthew Jr.’s lawyers filed a motion for a continuance Monday. They also asked the state to provide a DNA expert.

Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins is expected to consider the requests at a hearing Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Matthew is charged in 18-year-old, British-born Hannah Graham’s death. His trial on charges of abduction with intent to defile and first-degree murder is scheduled to begin June 29.

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