Jesse Matthew, the 32-year-old primary suspect accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 18-year-old UVA student Hannah Graham, made his first appearance in court on Oct. 31, via video, in connection with another case – that of a 2005 rape in Fairfax County, Virginia. After getting arrested in connection with the Graham case, Matthew was forced to give up his DNA which also connected him to another kidnapping and murder case which in turn connected him to this 2005 sexual assault, according to USA Today.
Matthew’s lawyer, James Camblos, requested of the court today that his client submit to a psychiatric evaluation. Matthew was in court after being charged earlier in October “on charges including attempted capital murder which involved a sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax.”
Matthew’s DNA was also recently connected to the death of another student, 20-year-old Morgan Harrington from Virginia Tech. Harrington disappeared from a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Oct. 17, 2009 – the same town where Graham disappeared. The DNA left at Harrington’s crime scene was used to connect Matthew to the 2005 rape.
The judge overseeing the case deferred the request from Matthew’s attorney for a pych eval until a future date. That same judge, Dennis J. Smith, ruled that Matthew would be “represented by a public defender, and appointed Camblos as co-counsel.”
Camblos and public defender Todd Petit were fighting for the right to represent Matthew. Smith said he wanted two attorneys to help accommodate a speedy trial.
Matthew also requested that Camblos be assigned as his attorney for the 2005 rape case as “I’ve built a relationship with him,” Matthew said. Camblos didn’t care for the idea of being saddled with a co-counsel, telling the judge as he objected that having two lawyers represent Matthew would be tantamount to “two chiefs, not enough Indians.”
The judge said that the two lawyers – who would both represent Smith – would have to make the best of it and work together. The judge set Matthew’s next court appearance for Nov. 14, at which time a trial date would be set.
Matthew will be making several court appearances over the next few months. He still hasn’t had his first court date for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Hannah Graham, whose remains were discovered about two weeks ago and just confirmed last week to be those of Hannah’s, according to Fox News.
His first court date in the Graham case is scheduled for Dec. 4. For more on Jesse Matthew in court and the Hannah Graham suspect seeking a sanity test, see the video accompanying this article.