ALBEMARLE, VA (WWBT) - Jesse Matthew is expected to enter guilty pleas in the abduction and murders of Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington, according to the Albemarle Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Matthew is set to enter the plea on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Albemarle county Circuit Court. Matthew was charged more than a year ago with the abduction and murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The trial is set for July and prosecutors have said they intended to seek the death penalty.
Hannah Graham went missing in the early morning hours of September 13, 2014. She was last seen with Matthew on surveillance footage. He was charged with abduction with intent to defile in the Graham case a few weeks later. Police eventually found him on a beach in Galveston, Texas, where he was arrested and extradited back to Virginia.
Forensic evidence later linked Matthew to the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009 and an unsolved 2005 rape case out of Fairfax.
"We are very relieved and pleased with this outcome," said Morgan's mother, Gil, upon learning of the plea agreement.
He was sentenced in October to serve three life sentences on the attempted capital murder and sexual assault charges in the Fairfax case. Matthew's family asked the judge for leniency, and a former girlfriend wrote a letter on Matthew's behalf saying he was raped as a child.
His trial in the Hannah Graham case is set for July. He faces a possible death sentence there.
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