Matthew back in court in Fairfax as defense seeks gag order

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file-pool photo, Jesse Matthew, right, looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments about whether to allow still and video cameras inside the courtroom for the upcoming attempted murder trial of Jesse Matthew in Fairfax County. Matthew is also charged in Charlottesville with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose remains were found last year after an extensive search. In Fairfax, Matthew is charged in connection to a 2005 sexual assault. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, File-Pool)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Charlottesville man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is expected back in court for a second straight day on an unrelated attempted murder charge in Fairfax County.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Friday for Jesse Matthew. He faces charges including attempted capital murder in Fairfax in connection with a 2005 sexual assault. He has been charged in Charlottesville with abducting Graham, but has not yet been charged with her murder.

The Fairfax case is expected to go to trial in March. Defense attorneys, concerned about pretrial publicity, have requested a gag order. Prosecutors are opposed, saying they want freedom to discuss procedural issues and are careful not say anything prejudicial.

On Thursday a judge rejected a request from news media for cameras in the courtroom.

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