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Police at the scene where Hannah Graham's body was found in a rural area of Virginia. (AP)

Police at the scene where Hannah Graham's body was found in a rural area of Virginia. (AP)

Police at the scene where Hannah Graham's body was found in a rural area of Virginia. (AP)

Lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping British-born university student Hannah Graham has asked for his client to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

James Camblos made the request at an arraignment today for Jesse Matthew in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia, where Matthew is charged in an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago.

Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax.

Authorities have said the assault was linked by DNA to the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Fairfax authorities charged Matthew shortly after authorities linked the Harrington case to Ms Graham's abduction.

The remains of Ms Graham were found two weeks ago. The 18-year-old, of Alexandria, Georgia, moved from Britain to the US when she was about six. She was studying at the University of Virginia.