11:14 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 08/30/2012 05:25PM
A Virginia judge sentenced George Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, to 23 years in prison Thursday for the beating death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in an argument at her off-campus apartment in 2010.
Huguely, who will turn 25 on Sept. 17, had faced a maximum of 26 years – the amount recommended by the jury – after being convicted in February of second-degree murder.
His lawyers had appealed to Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire to reduce that to 14 years, offering testimonials from family and friends claiming his crime was out of character for him, The Washington Post reported.
Originally posted 02/22/2012 07:55PM
A Charlottesville, Va., jury found University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.
The case began in May 2010, after Love, a popular, all-American athlete, was found dead with obvious physical wounds.
Huguely, 24, admitted to having an altercation with his ex-girlfriend, but his lawyer denied her death was intentional. Huguely pled not guilty to six charges, including first-degree murder and felony murder in commission of a robbery.
Originally posted 02/16/2012 08:20AM
Former lacrosse teammates of George Huguely V testified against him Wednesday as the prosecution wrapped its case in his murder trial, while the defense brought its first witness – a doctor who said Yeardley Love died of suffocation, not blunt force trauma.
Jan Leestma, a neuropathologist, contradicted the prosecution's medical witnesses, saying he saw swelling on Love's brain but no sign of the kind of injury caused by blunt force trauma, The Washington Post reports.
Originally posted 02/09/2012 01:35PM
Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V's first-degree murder trial included dramatic testimony Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., from Love's two roommates, who served as witnesses for the prosecution.
Huguely is on trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Caity Whiteley, who not only lived with Love but was also on the lacrosse team with her, told the court what it was like when she and a men's tennis player returned to Love's apartment to ask her to go out with them. With Love, 22, face down in bed, just as Whiteley had last seen her, nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary, at first.
"Her hair was all messed up and pulled to the side," Whiteley said, according to Charlottesville's Daily Progress. "I moved her hair, and then that's when I noticed" blood on the sheet and pillow. "There were cuts on her face, and it was just messed up."
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