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.READ MORE: Former Maryland Youth Pastor Don Martin Charged In 30-Year-Old Rape, Police Search For Other Victims
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.READ MORE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, President Joe Biden To Discuss Crime Prevention Wednesday
Matthew was originally charged with first-degree murder and abduction.
Prosecutors say the upgraded charge of capital murder is based on new forensic evidence.MORE NEWS: SEE IT: Maryland Man Bitten By Copperhead Snake Along Trail While Filming
Matthew also faces a trial in June on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in an unrelated case in Fairfax County.