No DNA link between Matthew, missing Va. teen

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)

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says DNA testing has ruled out the suspect in the abduction of a University of Virginia student with the disappearance of a central Virginia teenager.

The testing involved Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. and Alexis Murphy, a 17-year-old who was last seen in August 2013. Her body has never been found.

Randy Allen Taylor was convicted last summer in the murder and abduction of Murphy. He is serving two life sentences.

Taylor’s attorney requested DNA tests to determine whether Matthew’s DNA could link him to Murphy’s disappearance.

Friday, the commonwealth attorney for Nelson County, Anthony Martin, said the DNA testing excluded Matthewas the source of DNA from samples taken from Murphy’s car.

Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham.


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