Man arraigned on charges in Virginia Tech student's death

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Posted: Sep 16, 2015 1:46 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man already charged with killing a University of Virginia student has made his first court appearance on charges of abduction and murder in the death of a Virginia Tech student.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was appointed attorneys at a hearing Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court after a being charged with first-degree murder and abduction to defile by a grand jury in the death of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington. Harrington disappeared in 2009 after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville.

Matthew previously was charged with capital murder in the September 2014 disappearance and death of University of Virginia student 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

Prosecutors have said they're seeking the death penalty in the Graham case. The charges in the Harrington case signal the death penalty isn't being sought in that prosecution.