Reports: Prosecutors seek to block gag order request in Jesse Matthew’s Fairfax case

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew. The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear Friday morning for his arraignment in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he is being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)

FAIRFAX, Va. (NBC4/WAVY) — Prosecutors are seeking to block a request for a gag order in the case against Jesse Matthew Jr. in Fairfax, say reports.

Matthew, 33, is charged in a 2005 sex assault and attempted murder in Fairfax, where his defense attorneys asked the court in December to enact a gag order.

According to NBC 4 Washington, prosecutors filed papers Monday requesting that motion be denied, writing in part, “The Commonwealth has no intention of making public statements that would hinder a fair trial in this matter. However, the Commonwealth should be allowed to address question and concerns from the media that do not infringe upon Defendant’s right to a fair trial. This is not the first high profile case tried by this Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.”

Over the weekend, Matthew was once again transferred from Albemarle County to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center. According to NBC 4 Washington, attorneys had requested the gag order in response to the prosecution speaking to reporters following each hearing in the Fairfax case.

A hearing on several motions, including the gag order request, is scheduled for Thursday in Fairfax court.

Matthew has pleaded not guilty to the Fairfax charges. He is also charged with abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

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