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Hearing set for Md. pair charged in Virginia teen’s death

David Eisenhauer of Columbia. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)

David Eisenhauer of Columbia. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Two former Virginia Tech students charged in the disappearance and death of a 13-year-old girl are due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer of Columbia is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the January stabbing death of Blacksburg seventh-grader Nicole Lovell. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers of Laurel is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body.

A judge will decide after Friday’s preliminary hearing whether there’s probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

Natalie Keepers of Laurel. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)

Natalie Keepers of Laurel. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)

At a previous hearing, a prosecutor said the two college students from Maryland met at a fast-food restaurant on Jan. 26 to plan Nicole’s death. Authorities have not given a possible motive.