FAIRFAX (AP) — Jesse Matthew entered an Alford plea Wednesday on charges that he attacked and molested a woman in Virginia in 2005, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him without directly admitting any crime.
Matthew entered the form of a guilty plea to all three charges in the Fairfax case: attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual assault.
Matthew entered the plea without any deal with prosecutors, prosecutor Ray Morrogh said.
The plea means the jury will play no role in deciding Matthew’s sentence — it will be done solely by Judge David Schell. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Morrogh said he was not yet ready to say what kind of sentence he will seek.
Matthew, 33, of Charlottesville, also is charged in a separate case with the abduction and killing last year of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Read more
— MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press
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