Judge delays trial in Hannah Graham case

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (AP/WWBT) - An Albemarle County judge postponed the trial of Jesse Matthew on the kidnapping and murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Lawyers will be back in court on May 5 to set a new trial date in the case. The hearing will provide a chance for both sides to update their progress in the case and determine when it will be ready for trial, which was scheduled to begin on June 29.

Wednesday's hearing lasted less than 15-minutes.

Jesse Matthew was escorted into court wearing a light blue striped jumpsuit, with his hair pulled back.

Matthew's defense team didn't have much to say outside the courtroom...

"Can you tell us how your client's doing?" asks a reporter. "He's holding up. He's holding up," says Jim Camblos, Matthew's lawyer.

... but inside they argued for their own DNA expert and a continuance, so they'd have enough time to review the evidence and prepare their defense.

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A judge also granted a request for a DNA expert in the case. Matthew was in court for the hearing for the first time in the case.

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Matthew is also set to go on trial on June 8 on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in Fairfax County. He has not yet been charged in the murder of Morgan Harrington, though authorities also say forensic evidence links Matthew to the Virginia Tech student.

While Graham's parents were brought in through a side door, Morgan's mother, Gil Harrington was also there Wednesday.

"There are very few tasks I can do for Morgan, being here and being a witness to these proceedings is one of the last things I can do for her," says Harrington.
Wednesday, Harrington and Matthew locked eyes in the courtroom.

"It's a strange feeling," recounts Harrington. "But, we know a lot of people who have not had this resolution, whose loved ones and family members are still missing, so although it's an odd place to be at, we're really grateful that we do have this opportunity for justice to occur."

And, Harrington says that's why she plans on being present for the entire proceedings - not only to support the Graham family, but to see this through for her daughter.

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