The man charged with abducting missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been linked to the disappearance and death of a Virginia Tech student and three sexual assault allegations. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, has only been charged in the Graham case. Here are some key dates:
Matthew was accused of raping a fellow Liberty University student on the campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. A prosecutor says the matter was dropped when the student declined to move forward with the case.
Matthew was accused of sexual assault on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia by another student. School officials said police investigated, but the victim chose not to proceed with a prosecution. Matthew left school in October.
Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington disappears after attending a rock concert at the University of Virginia. Her remains are found three months later in a field. Virginia State Police say forensic evidence from Matthew's arrest provides a ``significant break'' in the Harrington case. They haven't elaborated. The FBI has previously said DNA from Harrington's attacker matched the attacker in a September 2005 rape of a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax City.
-Sept. 12, 2014:
Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, leaves her apartment to meet friends at a Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurant.
After stopping by two off-campus parties, Graham leaves alone and sends friends several text messages, including one shortly after 1 a.m. saying she is lost.
Graham's parents say in a statement they fear she is the victim of ``foul play.'' Police release surveillance videos showing Graham walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a gas station.
Police search Matthew's car and apartment.
Police obtain warrant charging Matthew with abduction with intent to defile, or sexually assault, Graham.
A deputy sheriff responding to a report of a suspicious person apprehends Matthew on a beach near Galveston, Texas.
Matthew is returned to Charlottesville. He is held without bond.
A volunteer search for Hannah is called off; police notify her parents that human remains that could be hers have been found.
Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) tonight called Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush, a “back-stabbing liberal justice in a gown.”
The sharp remarks from Delgaudio, a four-term supervisor from the county's Sterling District, came after today's Supreme Court decision not to hear appeals from five states on the issue of gay marriage. The Supreme Court's action allowed for same-sex marriages to legally begin in Virginia.
“We will not surrender the defense of marriage or the right to free speech for Christians and all those Americans who believe in traditional values,” Delgaudio said in a statement on his nonprofit Public Advocate of the United States website. “I promise you one liberal jurist, John Roberts, in a gown is not going to stop millions of determined traditional marriage believers in our right to proclaim traditional marriage and our moral values.”
An outspoken social conservative, Delgaudio for years has made known his aversion to the gay and lesbian community. Delgaudio often uses the term "radical homosexuals" in fundraising emails, and he has referred to members of the LGBT community as "perverts."
In his statement today, which carried the headline “DELGAUDIO ISSUES PROMISE TO FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO VOTE OUR BELIEFS....... No Black Gowned Back-stabbing Liberal Jurist Is Silencing US,” Delgaudio continued, “With this decision, the Supreme Court has stripped hundreds of millions of Americans of the Right to Vote their beliefs and protect their communities and families as they see fit. It is now Supreme Court precedence that Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote are only recognized so long as they are approved by the Liberal Establishment.”
Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative advocacy organization Delgaudio founded and leads, has been designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to the SPLC, “all hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
At least three same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in Loudoun County on Monday, according to the Circuit Court clerk's office.
-"Same-sex marriage set to begin in Virginia"
The Virginia State Police have released the following statement:
"For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke, Va. Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue. There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward.
Anyone with new information concerning the Harrington investigation is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467 or the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Meanwhile, state police continues to dedicate the necessary resources to assist the Charlottesville Police Department through the course of its investigation and with their efforts to locate Hannah Graham. In fact, right now, the public’s focus needs to remain on helping Charlottesville Police locate and bring Hannah Graham home."