Top prosecutor responds to defense motions in Jesse Matthew case
ALBEMARLE CO. (WVIR) - Albemarle County's top prosecutor is responding to a slew of motions filed by Jesse Matthew's defense team.
Albemarle Co. Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford is attempting to convince a judge to deny, at least in part, the majority of the defense's motions in the capital murder case.
Matthew, 33, is accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham from Charlottesville's Downtown Mall in September 2014 and killing her. Her body was found in a wooded area off of Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County.
The defense filed the 12 motions on Wednesday, July 29, in Albemarle Circuit Court. The motions deal with evidence leading up to the trial and what the defense wants at trial.
Court documents filed by the prosecution on Thursday respond line by line to the defense's motions. Lunsford called most of the defense motions "too board" or "beyond what the law calls for." Most notably, the prosecution wants people to be able to wear small pins with the letters "HG" on them at next year's trial.
The commonwealth also doesn't want to spell out which of the 10 aggravating factors - used for capital murder charges - it would rely on at a potential sentencing hearing. Those factors are:
Judge Cheryl Higgins will take up all 12 motions and hear from both sides at a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, August 20.
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