1 charged dropped against suspect in U.Va. slaying

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - One charge filed against the suspect in the slaying of a University of Virginia student has been dropped in Charlottesville because the same charge is being pursued in Albemarle County, where the woman's body was found.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. appeared by way of video feed into Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday as a charge of abduction with intent to defile was dropped. He is being held for trial, which is scheduled for June.

The 33-year-old Charlottesville man has been charged in Albemarle County with first degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham. He also is charged with abduction with intent to defile.

Graham disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains of the northern Virginia woman were found Oct. 18.

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