Alleged 2009 Killer of Metallica Fan Indicted by Grand Jury on First-Degree Murder and Abduction Charges
In 2009, Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington (shown above) went missing after a Metallica concert. As her parents began searching for her, Metallica themselves took part, offering a reward to anyone with information about Morgan and lending their help to her parents. Sadly, Harrington’s body was found in January of 2010.
Last September, though, cab driver Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was arrested in connection with the disappearance of another girl, and apparently Matthew has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and “abduction with the intent to defile” in relation to Harrington’s case.
Just a reminder: a grand jury indictment only means that Matthew now has to go to trial on these charges, and, as implied by the fact that Matthew was arrested this time last year and is only now going to trial, the criminal justice system takes its sweet time. So this might go on a while. But while the Harrington’s aren’t out of the woods yet, I’m sure they feel some satisfaction knowing that their search for the man who killed their daughter might be coming to a close.
Our condolences and best wishes go out to Harrington’s friends and family. We’ll let you know if anything else in this story comes to light.