Suspect in Virginia students' murders expected to enter guilty pleas

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 29, 2016 4:05 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former hospital worker is expected to enter guilty pleas this week to the murder and abduction of two Virginia university students, prosecutors said on Monday.

The suspect, Jesse Matthew Jr., of Charlottesville, has been charged in the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in 2014 and of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009.

He is expected to enter the guilty pleas during a pretrial hearing in Albemarle County Circuit Court on Wednesday, prosecutor Robert Tracci said in an emailed statement.

“In the interest of protecting the judicial process, our office is unable to provide any additional details as to the specific details of the pleas,” Tracci said.

The disappearance and deaths of the two college students produced national headlines.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Gary Robertson; Editing by Alistair Bell)