Jesse Matthew lawyers seek to ban media at pretrial hearing

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Posted: Jun 03, 2015 12:32 PM
Jesse Matthew lawyers seek to ban media at pretrial hearing

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case.

A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify at a pretrial hearing Thursday in Fairfax.

Thirty-three-year-old Jesse Matthew is charged in the Fairfax attack, and in a separate case with Graham's death.

Thursday's hearing is to determine whether the victim can reliably identify Matthew as her attacker. Matthew's lawyers believe her recollection of the decade-old attack has been corrupted by pretrial publicity that has frequently shown Matthew's photo.

In a motion filed this week, Matthew's lawyers requested to ban reporters from Thursday's hearing, saying press coverage just days before his scheduled jury trial will taint the juror pool.