What new charges will Jesse Matthew face?

Posted at 6:49 AM, Oct 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-27 06:52:26-04

Even though her remains have been found and identified - the investigation continues as to how UVa. student Hannah Graham disappeared more than a month ago.

We could learn as early as today what charges 32-year-old Jesse Matthew may face in Charlottesville now that the medical examiner has positively identified the remains found last Saturday as the second year student.

But Matthew may face more than murder charges, especially since investigators are connecting the Charlottesville man to other cases in the Commonwealth.

Human remains confirmed as missing UVa. student Hannah Graham

We`re expecting the Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney to also file charges against Matthew in Morgan Harrington`s murder in 2009.

The Virginia Tech student was last seen at a concert on the UVa. campus.

Her body was found months later on a farm not too far from the university.

Investigators say they found DNA evidence that links Matthew to Morgan`s murder as well as a 2005 rape and attempted murder in Fairfax County.

The FBI is also comparing Matthew's DNA to evidence taken from Alexis Murphy's car to see if there is a match.

Murphy is the Nelson County teen who disappeared last August.

Randy Taylor is currently serving two life sentences for her murder - even though her body has never been found.

Taylor's attorney asked for the forensic testing because the DNA found in the car did not match his client's.

Murphy's family is doubtful it's Matthew's DNA.

It's not clear which case will be prosecuted first - the rape and attempted murder charge in Fairfax or the Hannah Graham case.

If convicted in just the Fairfax case alone Matthew could face up to three life sentences.