Suspect in case of missing UVa student appears via video link before Texas judge

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 25, 2014 at 7:31 a.m.



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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student is in custody in Texas and has appeared briefly via video link before a county judge.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested Wednesday on a beach in the community of Gilchrist in Galveston County, Texas. On Thursday morning, he appeared via video link before Galveston County Judge Mark Henry.

Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore who went missing Sept. 13 in Charlottesville. In Texas, he's charged with being a fugitive from justice and with giving false information to an officer. Henry set bond at $1,500 on the latter charge, but Matthew is being held without bond on the fugitive charge.

Police believe the 32-year-old Matthew was the last person seen with Graham. It's not clear whether the two knew each other. Police are still searching for Graham.

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