MONTGOMERY CO., Va. (WDBJ7) The former Virginia Tech student accused of killing a 13-year-old girl earlier this year is now facing a new charge.
David Eisenhauer was charged Tuesday with concealing a body. A grand jury also indicted Eisenhauer on Tuesday for kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell last January.
Natalie Keepers, also a former Virginia Tech student, was indicted by the grand jury Tuesday on charges of being an accessory before the fact and concealment.
Keepers and Eisenhauer both waived their right to a speedy trial. They both appeared in court wearing jail-issued jumpsuits.
Eisenhauer is scheduled for a motions hearing February 8-9. His trial is scheduled for March 6-15.
Keepers’ motions hearing is scheduled for January 17-20. The trial is scheduled for March 27-31.
Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt says she has no intention to ask Eisenhauer or Keepers to testify against each other, and she doesn't plan to make any plea deals because she says the prosecution's case is strong.
She also said if convicted, Eisenhauer faces life without parole plus fifteen years, while Keepers could serve life plus five years.
Eisenhauer's charges are not a capital offense because there is no evidence that there was sexual activity following the abduction, Pettitt said.
Here is the news release from the Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney:
Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt announced that a grand jury returned indictments on David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, MD, and Blacksburg, VA, for one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Abduction, and a direct indictment for Transporting or Concealing a Dead Body. Eisenhauer faces up to life plus 15 years in prison for his crimes. The grand jury also returned indictments on Natalie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, MD, and Blacksburg, VA, for one count of being an Accessory before the Fact to First Degree Murder and one count of Transporting or Concealing a Dead Body. Keepers faces up to life plus 5 years for her crimes. All charges involve the death of 13 year old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg who was killed on or about January 27, 2016.
Eisenhauer appeared in Circuit Court and waived his right to a speedy trial. His trial date was set to be heard by a jury beginning March 6, 2017. A motions hearing has been set for February 8th-9th. No motions have been filed at this time.
Keepers also appeared in Circuit Court and waived her right to a speedy trial. Her trial is set to be heard by a jury beginning March 27, 2017. A motions hearing has been set for January 17th-20th. No motions have been filed at this time.
Both Eisenhauer and Keepers remain in jail without bond.