CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WJZ) — A major development in the case against the man accused of killing a University of Virginia student.

Prosecutors have upgraded the charges against Jesse Matthew to capital murder in the death of Hannah Graham.

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The new charge means Matthew now faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Graham, 18, disappeared last September and her body was found a month later on an abandoned property.

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Matthew was originally charged with first-degree murder and abduction.

Prosecutors say the upgraded charge of capital murder is based on new forensic evidence.

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Matthew also faces a trial in June on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in an unrelated case in Fairfax County.