Slain Virginia student's scent found in suspect's apartment: Witness

New Testimony Places Hannah Graham at Suspect's Apartment
New Testimony Places Hannah Graham at Suspect's Apartment

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) -- A police tracking dog picked up the scent of university student Hannah Graham in the apartment of the former hospital worker charged with murdering her in 2014, a former detective testified on Monday.

The disappearance and murder of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, shocked the campus and drew national headlines in late 2014. Jesse Matthew Jr., of Charlottesville, was the last person seen with her and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Stuart Garner Jr., a former Louisa County detective and dog handler, testified in a pretrial hearing that his dog alerted him to Graham's scent in several areas of Matthew's apartment during a massive search for the student.

Garner sparred with defense attorney Douglas Ramseur about whether he had told Ramseur that he believed that Graham had never been in Matthew's apartment.

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"Didn't you say Hannah Graham had never been present in Jesse Matthew's apartment?" Ramseur asked, reading from an affidavit he had submitted to the court.

"I don't know," Garner said. "I found that her scent was present."

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The pretrial hearing, in Albemarle Circuit Court, offered a rare window into forensic evidence linking Matthew to Graham. Matthew's trial is scheduled to begin July.

Graham disappeared in September 2014 and her remains were found about five weeks later. Surveillance video taken in Charlottesville's downtown mall showed Matthew and Graham walking together.

Matthew also has been indicted for the 2009 disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. He is serving three life sentences for a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax, Virginia.

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