Attorney asks for mental evaluation of UVa. student abduction suspect Jesse Matthew Jr.

Posted at 12:46 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 17:04:36-04

FAIRFAX, Va. – The man accused of kidnapping University of Virginia student Hannah Graham appeared in a Fairfax court for a 2005 sexual assault charge.

Jesse Matthew Jr., in a black and white jumpsuit and with his attorney Jim Camblos sitting next to him, appeared in court via video arraignment at 8:30 a.m. from the Albemarle County Regional Jail where he has been held since Sept. 26.

Matthew was indicted for attempted capital murder, abduction with intent to defile, and sexual penetration with an object for allegedly sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman almost 10 years ago. The forensic evidence in that case has been linked to the case of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, whose remains were found in 2010, a little over five miles from where the remains of Graham were found on Oct. 18.

Camblos was appointed co-counsel by Judge Dennis J. Smith who ruled Matthew would be represented by public defender Todd Petit, according to WUSA.  Smith, according to the WUSA report, said he wanted two attorneys to help accommodate a speedy trial [WATCH: Lawyer for Jesse Matthew, suspect in Hannah Graham’s disappearance, goes off on reporter].

Camblos requested that Matthew undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to WCAV.

The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney said there could be more charges for Matthew now that Graham’s remains have been positively identified.

His next court hearing for the Hannah Graham case is scheduled for December 4.

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The last hours Hannah was seen

On the evening of Sept. 12, she was seen at a party before friends saw her at an apartment complex a couple of blocks away. That was shortly before midnight. About 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 13, a surveillance camera caught her outside of a pub, about three-quarters of a mile from the apartment complex.

Other surveillance cameras captured her, as she ran past a gas station, walked past an Italian cafe and then by a jewelry store. These cameras capture her route along the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants.

The cameras also showed a man, later identified as Jesse Matthew Jr., first follow Graham and then put his arm around her as they walked toward the Tempo Bar, where reports said Matthew had been earlier in the evening.

At 1:20 a.m., Graham texted her friends to say she was lost and trying to find a party. She and a man said to be Matthew were seen having drinks at a bar between 1:30 and 2 a.m., though the bar denies she was ever inside.

Police believe she may have been under the influence of alcohol, making her less able to defend herself.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, police said more surveillance cameras  showed Graham leaving the Tempo Bar area around 2 a.m. Matthew is believed to be the last person who saw Graham alive.

He was named a person of interest after police conducted a search of his vehicle and then his home. Once forensic evidence returned, a warrant was issued charging him with the abduction of Graham, with intent to defile.

Authorities later found Matthew 1,300 miles away camping on a beach in Galveston, Texas. The 32-year-old Matthew was returned to Virginia and charged.

What is known about Jesse Matthew? 

The day after Jesse Matthew was named a person of interest in Graham’s disappearance, he went into Charlottesville Police Headquarters and asked to secure a lawyer. He did, and then he left the building without speaking to police. He reportedly sped away in his sister’s car, shaking the law enforcement detail overtly following him.

The next time police saw him, he was arrested in Galveston, Texas.

Early in the evening on the Friday that Graham disappeared, Matthew attended the Covenant Eagle’s football game, the team of a prestigious private school where he coached. That was after his work as an orderly at the UVa. Medical Hospital. An independently reported timeline followed Matthew’s steps throughout the evening the night Graham went missing.

In the report multiple women, and men, comment on the roughness of Matthew, which stands against other reports of his gentleness and laid back nature.

“He’s as gentle as they come,” said his dad, and friends from Monticello High School described Matthew as “the big man on campus” and “a teddy bear.”

However, court records obtained by CBS 6 News reveal a man who may also have had a violent temper at times.

There are also two instances when sexual assaults were alleged against Matthew, once at Liberty University and once at Christopher Newport University. The Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney said the alleged victim at Liberty did not want to prosecute. CNU officials said they are withholding his record pursuant to the exception from mandatory disclosure, in cooperation with law-enforcement agencies.

Matthew left each school shortly after both allegations were made; Liberty in Oct. 2002 and Christopher Newport in Sept. 2003.

Incidents Jesse Matthew Jr.  has been connected to:

  • 17, 2002 – Alleged sexual assault at Liberty University
  • 7, 2003 – Reported Christopher Newport University assault
  • 24, 2005 – Northern Virginia rape (forensic evidence linked to Morgan Harrington case)
  • 17, 2009 – Morgan Harrington disappearance
  • 13, 2014 – Hannah Graham disappearance

Law enforcement investigating cases for possible connection to Matthew:

  • July 24, 2003 — Autumn Day in Newport News
  • 7, 2003 – Sophia Rivera in Newport News
  • August 26, 2009 – Heidi Childs and David Metzler, in Blacksburg
  • 10, 2009 – Cassandra Morton, not far from Lynchburg
  • 13, 2010 – Samantha Clarke, in Orange County

Cases unsolved in the area near Charlottesville 

  • 24, 2010 – Joan Cook, Roanoke County
  • 21, 2011 — Lauren Smith, Madison County
  • 20, 2012 — Dashad Sage Smith, Charlottesville
  • August 3, 2013 – Alexis Murphy, Shipman (Randy Taylor jailed for this, body never found)

Anyone with information about Jesse Matthew, Hannah Graham or Morgan Harrington is asked to call the tipline at 434-295-3851. All Hannah Graham surveillance videos can be seen here. All reports filed on this case can be found here.