Jesse Matthew's court appearances delayed until December

ALBEMARLE, VA (WWBT) - Jesse Matthew's first expected court appearance since his extradition back to Virginia will have to wait until December.

Matthew was set to face an Albemarle County judge at 9 a.m. Thursday via video conference on a reckless driving charge. He was also due to have his first appearance on the abduction charge in the Hannah Graham case later Thursday in Charlottesville General District Court. However both have been postponed to Dec. 4 at the request of Matthew's lawyer, James L. Camblos III.

"Bond is pretty much out of the question in this case," said NBC12 Legal Analyst Steven D. Benjamin in an interview Wednesday. "Neither the prosecution nor the defense has any need or benefit for a hearing tomorrow."

According to Benjamin, saving a hearing on the abduction charge allows both sides to focus on what's most important. On the law enforcement side, the priority is to continue all efforts to find Hannah. And on the defense side, the goal is to find out all of the facts from Matthew.

"Obtaining all of the factual information surrounding not only the charges in this case, but anything else that may come into play, is paramount for a defense attorney," said Benjamin. "And that's a very serious and time consuming undertaking."

Developments that are in play now include news that Matthew was accused of a sexual assault at Christopher Newport University on September 7, 2003.

Police are now re-examining the unsolved cases of two Newport News women who went missing during the same time Matthew was a student in the area.

Matthew was never charged in the alleged 2003 sex assault. 11 months earlier, he was also accused of rape at Liberty University, but never charged.

However, investigators say there is a DNA link between Matthew and Morgan Harrington, who was killed in 2009.

A lingering question tonight, if the Hannah Graham abduction case goes to trial, will the venue be moved from Charlottesville?

"Judges, typically, will not change venue before they at least try to impanel a jury from the particular jurisdiction," Benjamin said.

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