Defense seeks delay in Jesse Matthew trial over UVA student’s death

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)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student are asking a judge to delay his trial.

Media outlets report that Jesse Matthew Jr.’s lawyers filed a motion for a continuance Monday. They also asked the state to provide a DNA expert.

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Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins is expected to consider the requests at a hearing Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Matthew is charged in 18-year-old Hannah Graham’s death. His trial on charges of abduction with intent to defile and first-degree murder is scheduled to begin June 29.

Matthew also faces trial June 8 on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in Fairfax County.

Authorities also say forensic evidence links Matthew to slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. He has not been charged in that case.

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