A local missing person (Hannah Graham) case makes headlines “No idea where missing VA student is“, the last ‘known’ person to be seen with her is named as a primary suspect. The police attained the name from witnesses at a bar where the girl was last seen. She was also seen running back and forth in the Mall on video footage. She’s alone, she doesn’t appear to be distressed only that she’s darting back and forth. Later, there’s an alleged link to older cold-case files “Police link 2nd Case to VA Student arrest.”
What’s that link?
Police said they had probable cause to support the charge against Matthew after twice searching his apartment and gathering evidence they have not described. A crime lab is testing clothing recovered through search warrants, but police haven’t said whose clothing that was.
In previous reports it had only been described as a ‘Forensic Link’, there was no mention of any DNA evidence. Such a vague reference could mean just about anything. Then, yet another vague reference is made by a report that didn’t name the source, only that it was a person close to the investigation that was cited as stating there was a DNA link. In my opinion, a desperate attempt to paint a particular narrative. SERIAL KILLER!
It had already been established in 2012 that there was a DNA link between the two older cases but that was a separate issue from the current case of the missing UVA student (Graham). There was no report that Matthews DNA had been attained, tested and confirmed to be linked to those case. Yet, more and more of these cold-case files were being piled on top of this guy’s name in the Media. In essence, the picture being painted is that this guy is not only a serial rapist but a serial killer as well. How was this wild tale spun? What physical evidence was there to tie him to this case? What if/any justifiable reason was there to attain a search warrant? To pursue this man vehemently to cause him to flee out of state?
First, it was the likeness of his face to the composite sketch from the previous case. This was enough for people in his social circle to call the tip-line and cause him to become paranoid. Who wouldn’t be? That sketch could also be matched to 200+ faces in the criminal database. The most damning of circumstantial evidence was this alleged rape that was never reported to authorities but it was reported to the school he was attending. He was ejected on the basis of the accusation alone yet it wasn’t enough for the school to report it to authorities? Even if the young woman in question was apprehensive about reporting it herself, that’s a serious allegation. If she was apprehensive, that’s suspect. She’s not reluctant to report it to the school, yet she’s not willing to subject herself to a physical examination and rape kit? Rape is one of those accusations women can make and people will turn on a dime. Whether you did it or not, you’re a rapist. Never mind the possibility that she may have just used it as a personal vendetta against this man. What better way to get him kicked out of the same school she attended? Who can say what her motivations were? Don’t dare speculate on them though, otherwise you just support Rape Culture, whatever the hell that is. Either that, or it’s blaming the victim. Yet, it’s a-okay to speculate on this guy’s intent with Graham. He’s being formally charged with “Intent to Molest”, “Kidnapping” and as a caveat he may even be charged with Capital Murder. All of this of course, without any material evidence or even a body as far as I can tell.
The Investigators have even gone as far as stating publicly:
Longo also noted that “I don’t want to get tunnel vision just because we have a name, just because we saw her with a particular person.” Source
I’ve pointed this out countless times in the various article comments but people have already convicted this man, they are already calling for his death. At this point, he’s just the primary suspect. The state still has to provide enough evidence to present its case. In the meantime, Matthews is being held without bond. When he originally inquired into the interest in him, he left the police station in a huff, allegedly ‘reckless’ in the parking lot so on top of that, they charged him with reckless driving. He was a no-show at the bond hearing because well… He’s being held in this criminal investigation. No evidence has been presented to his defense attorney to warrant these charges. His bond hearing for this case, also delayed until December with no explanation from the judge. I mean, come on. It’s a stalling tactic. The investigators are hoping for more time to acquire material evidence to justify the charges, otherwise – they will be dismissed.
Then, there’s the shotty police work. He lawyered up. If there was anything seized from his car, or apartment on probable cause but without a proper warrant – all that stuff won’t be admissible in court. Evidence is sealed.
“I am waiting to see evidence that links my client to either of these cases,” said James Camblos, who represents Jesse L. Matthew Jr., charged in the abduction of UVa student Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18.
You and me both buddy. I mean, are people really this stupid? Do they really believe that putting all their ‘Faith’ in this system delivers swift justice? Do they just ignore the conveniences of closing all these cold-case files in one fell swoop and corruption? They say that there’s no racial profiling in police work but man… This black guy didn’t have a chance in hell. Had that informant in Texas not tipped off police, they may have moved on to other viable suspects in this case but nope. Bolting makes you look guilty so you MUST be guilty.
All these Patriotic Whack-jobs really believe people receive a ‘fair and speedy trial’, then judgment by a ‘jury of your peers’. Who the hell is this guy’s peers at this point? Prosecution and Defense takes part in eliminating jurors (for bias) but the selection is like a lottery. Court proceedings don’t just involve presentation of facts and evidence, the Prosecution can also spin this with a crafty narrative for the Jurors to consider.
Riddle me this:
Even IF there is some of Graham’s DNA found on clothing (sweat and what not) in the absence of blood or any indication of foul play, does that prove he kidnapped her, raped her then disposed of the body somewhere? If video has already placed him at the bar, and he’s seen socializing with her that only verifies that he was socializing with her!
It could very well turn out that some material evidence manifest itself to justify this media circus but in the meantime, I’ll reserve my judgement based on FACTS and EVIDENCE vs. a gut-feeling, speculation, and hear say.
The Media Reporting on this case is just ridiculous. Many of these so-called News sources just regurgitate bits from previous reports without verifying sources.
Police are not always eager to have a suspect’s name in front of the public. In northern Virginia, Alexandria police only reluctantly acknowledged their interest in Charles Severance as a “person of interest” this summer in three separate killings there over the last decade. Severance was eventually charged with all three murders, but before that Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook said he did not want the public to develop tunnel vision and assume the investigation was over. Source
Too late for that now. He’s already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.
You can keep your so-called “Justice”.
Jesse Matthew Jr. – Charged with Murder
Authorities also say they’ve linked Matthew to the 2009 death of a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student with forensic evidence.
What was that evidence again? We still don’t know. It remains ambiguous.
Update: Motion to Delay Trial for DNA Expert
Jesse Mathew Jr, enters Alford Plea
Prosecutors concluded their case Wednesday against Jesse Matthew with testimony linking him to DNA found under the fingernail of a woman sexually assaulted in 2005.
Jesse Matthew Jr, Charged in Morgan Harrington’s Death
“The indictments result from the dedicated investigative efforts over the past six years by the Virginia State Police, Albemarle County police, Charlottesville police, University of Virginia police and the FBI,” reads the news release. The state police led the investigation.
“Jesse Matthew Jr.’s lawyers filed a motion for a continuance Monday. They also asked the state to provide a DNA expert.”
Grand Jury indictment
Authorities have previously said forensic evidence linked Matthew to Harrington, but they have not said what that evidence is. In the news release, authorities said they will not comment on the evidence or what punishment they may seek for Matthew.
Suspect Charged in Second Murder
Matthew already faces a life sentence after entering a so-called Alford plea in the 2005 rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia. Under an Alford plea, a suspect concedes that there is enough evidence to convict but does not admit guilt.
Jesse Mathew Jr gets (3) Life Sentences
A judge sentenced Matthew, 33, to three life sentences Friday for a 2005 incident in which grabbed a 26-year-old woman as she was returning from a Fairfax, Virginia, grocery store and sexually assaulted her, the county’s Commonwealth Attorney Raymond Morrogh told CNN.
Neighbor Stacey Simkins said that he dragged her behind a “dark pool area” before passersby scared him off, according to the FBI.
ABC Report, Victim’s Testimony Key in conviction
The woman who was attacked now lives in India and was forced to return to Virginia to testify against him. She testified her attacker grabbed her just steps from her townhouse and carried her into a darkened area, where he ripped off her clothes and molested her. She fought and scratched him, yielding the crucial DNA evidence, until her attacker ran off when the bystander approached.
DNA transfer could have been from innocent contact
During opening arguments, one of Matthew’s attorneys, public defender Robert Frank, warned jurors that DNA can be easily transferred. “There is a possibility that DNA came … from innocent contact,” Frank said.
While she was on the stand, the victim did not identify Matthew as her attacker.
Seems a bit too tidy to me. If the DNA evidence under the nails of this victim is the only physical evidence and the victim did not identify Matthew as the attacker, how was the judge able to come to guilty conviction and three life sentences without reasonable doubt?
How can we be certain that law enforcement isn’t just trying to close up these 3 cases otherwise unsolved?
Update, story reaches the homes of viewers on Dateline:
That Matthew received the maximum punishment ensures he will at the very least spend the rest of his life in prison regardless of the outcome of two remaining cases against him in Charlottesville. He faces the possibility of the death penalty in the 2014 slaying and disappearance of Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore from Fairfax.