Defense in Jesse Matthew Case seeks to delay Fairfax trial

FILE - Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

FAIRFAX, Va. (WAVY) – Defense attorneys for the man also charged with abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham are trying to delay a trial scheduled in March, NBC4 is reporting.

A hearing on the request for a continuance in the trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault has been scheduled for Friday. Public defenders who represent Jesse Matthew of Charlottesville have suggested before they would need more time to prepare.

Matthew is accused in Fairfax of grabbing a woman in September 2005 when she was walking from a grocery store and sexually assaulting her.

Matthew is charged separately with abducting Graham, who went missing in September 2014 and was later found dead.

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The Fairfax trial is scheduled for March 9 as of now.



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