Police: Hannah Graham suspect can't 'harm anyone else'

Source: FBI
Source: FBI

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - What is next for the captured fugitive who was perhaps the most wanted man in Virginia? Many are hoping Jesse Matthew will open up, and possibly share information that could lead police to Hannah Graham.

Jesse Matthew is accused of abducting missing UVA Student Hannah Graham with the intent to defile. He is now in the Charlottesville jail.

"This man is now accused of a crime that could bring him life in prison," said NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin.

Matthew's bond hearing is set for Thursday.

"This is somebody we've just had to bring back from Texas," said Benjamin. "He is not going to be released on bond. It's not going to happen."

Benjamin says it is also not likely Matthew will provide much new insight in the case.

"No defendants talk to the police once they have been arrested," said Benjamin. "It is just not in their best interest. Even if they are innocent."

Charlottesville investigators have collected several bags of evidence from Matthew's apartment and reviewed countless surveillance images.  Police are convinced they now have their man.

We wouldn't have obtained the warrant for him if we weren't confident he was the person we were looking for," said Captain Gary Pleasants. "The nerve-wracking part was when we didn't have him in custody. Once we found that out, it was a relief obviously that we knew he had been caught and could not harm anyone else."

Benjamin cautions not to jump to conclusions.

"You see this in any high profile case," said Benjamin. "It is natural. It is human nature to leap to conclusions or to rush to judgement. But that is exactly what we should not do."

A preliminary hearing will come after that bond hearing on Thursday, unless prosecutors decide to go straight to a grand jury and get an indictment.

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