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Man charged in Virginia student slayings due in court

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A man who has been charged with killing two college students in Virginia is set to appear in court.

A pretrial hearing for Jesse Matthew Jr. is expected to be held on Monday.

Matthew has been charged with capital murder in the September 2014 disappearance and death of 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose remains were found about five weeks after she disappeared. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Matthew also faces first-degree murder charges in the 2009 death of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

Matthew is serving a life prison term for a 2005 attempted murder and sexual assault in northern Virginia.

At a hearing last month, a judge approved the hiring of a mental health expert to examine Matthew before his trial.

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