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.
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.