Murder Trial of University of Virginia Lacrosse Player George Huguely Starts Today

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Accused of murdering his girlfriend, University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely will be going to trial today. Yeardley Love’s murder stunned the University of Virginia when the 22-year-old was found face down and covered in blood at her apartment in Virginia early in the morning of May 3, 2010. George Huguely, 23, fellow lacrosse player and romantic interest has been accused of her murder. He is pleading not guilty to six charges.

Facts of what took place between the couple implies that just three days before Love was found dead, she had lashed out against Huguely. One of Love’s society sisters told authorities that she witnessed a disagreement between her friend and Huguely. Later, the friend told police Love recognized that her cell phone and camera were not in her purse, and that she though it was still at Huguely’s apartment. Love recovered the camera, but never got her cell phone back. A few days later, Love was dead and Huguely was facing a first-degree murder charge.

Huguely admitted to police that in the early morning hours Monday, he kicked in the door to Love’s bedroom and shook her fiercely and repetitively, banging her head against the wall. Love’s body was found later after an early morning 911 call, face down in a pool of blood. Her face was covered in scrapes and discolorations and her right eye was swollen shut.

Defense attorneys for Huguely have said that the girl’s death was caused by drugs and not by a vicious beating that left her in a pool of blood. Seeking to have a judge to release Love’s medical records, Huguely’s attorneys presented the testimony of a forensic consultant who said Love’s autopsy report indicated that she had Adderall in her system the night she died. In the aftermath of Love’s death, the University of Virginia has changed their policy concerning how students should notify the school of any run-ins with the law.

In the days after the horrible discovery of Love’s body, the campus was taken back to learn of Huguely’s prior arrests, including a domestic dispute with his father on the family’s massive yacht.