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Suspect in Hannah Graham case charged in 2005 Fairfax rape

FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT) - The suspect in the Hannah Graham investigation now faces several charges in connection with a 2005 rape in Fairfax.

A grand jury returned indictments against Matthew on three counts Monday: attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object.

Matthew remains behind bars at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on a charge of abduction with intent to defile in the Hannah Graham disappearance. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 4. Chesterfield search crews discovered human remains in Albemarle County on Saturday while searching for the missing University of Virginia student.

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Authorities previously said Matthew was linked forensically to the case of a missing Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington, who went missing after a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville. They had also previously linked the suspect in that case to the 2005 Fairfax County rape suspect. Graham hasn't been seen since Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains found Saturday about 12 miles from campus are now at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for identification.

The Chesterfield sheriff deputies who discovered the human remains on Saturday had finished their search when they decided to take one last look around the area.

"It was divine intervention. Something said keep on going, and we just decided to keep on going,” Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dale Terry said. “God intervened and he used us to help locate those remains.”

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