Crime

UVA Abduction Suspect Says Jail Bed Is Too Hard

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student and then fleeing to Texas complains that his bed in jail is hard.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, made a brief appearance in a Galveston County, Texas, courtroom on Thursday before being transported to Charlottesville. He allegedly complained to the court about how hard his bed was and about the way that officers had treated him.

"They took all my clothes and had me sleeping on a hard thing," Matthew said, according to the New York Daily News.

“I don't feel like I'm... I should be able to have some kind of clothes,” he told Galveston County Judge Mark Henry.

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“You appear to me to be dressed in a jumpsuit,” Judge Henry said.

“Well, once I get back they are going to take my jumpsuit off,” Matthew said.

The judge explains that medical has to “clear” him and when he is moved to another cell “they’ll give you the jumpsuit back.”

Matthew is wanted in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old UVA student, Hannah Graham. Witnesses say they saw Matthew buying her drinks at the Tempo bar on Sept. 13 and then the pair left together.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo says Matthew was the last person to see Graham before she “vanished off the face of the earth."

He will be extradited to Virginia to face charges of felony abduction with intent to defile.

“This case is nowhere near over,” Longo said Wednesday. “We have a person in custody but there's a long road ahead of us. We made that commitment to Mr. and Mrs. Graham and we will continue to work hard on this.”

Police are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Graham’s whereabouts.

"We have an obligation to bring [Hannah] home," Longo said. "One way or another, that's what we've promised to do."

Sources: New York Daily News, Daily Mail

Image screenshot: YouTube / WAVY TV 10, AP / David J. Phillip