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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."
Originally posted 05/12/2010 11:55AM
The mother of a University of Virginia man charged with killing a woman in the same lacrosse program has broken her silence, revealing her anguish at Yeardley Love's death and asking for privacy to grieve.
George Huguely's mother, Marta Murphy, writes in a statement: "Though my pain is great, it will never come close to the anguish felt by the Love family. Along with my family, I am devastated and confused. We are all trying to understand and cope as best we can."
She adds: "Yeardley was part of our lives. I got to know her as George's mom. She was a sweet wonderful young woman with a limitless future. … Also as a mother, I hope that people can understand that both George's father and I love our son."
Originally posted 05/08/2010 07:00PM
Just five days after her death, hundreds of mourners, including friends and family, said goodbye to University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, at a funeral at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore.
Teammates from the UVA women's lacrosse team as well as those from Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in Towson, Md., attended. Some wore uniforms. Others paid tribute with words.
"As genuine, kind and gentle as [Yeardley] was, she was also tough as nails on the lacrosse field," Love's coach, Julie Myers, said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "She played with the heart of a lion."
Originally posted 05/05/2010 08:15AM
George Huguely – the University of Virginia lacrosse player charged this week with the first-degree murder of Yeardley Love, who played women's lacrosse for the school – informed authorities that he had a violent confrontation with her, according to a search warrant affidavit.
"George Huguely admitted on May 3, 2010 that he was involved in an altercation with Yeardly Love and that during the course of the altercation he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall," Charlottesville Police Det. Lisa Reeves wrote in a sworn statement used to obtain a search warrant, reports CNN.
The 22-year-old athlete, who is 6'2" and about 205 lbs., was arrested hours after a roommate found Love's body Monday morning in her off-campus Charlottesville apartment. A relationship between Huguely and Love, also 22, had just ended.
Originally posted 05/04/2010 01:55PM
In the case that is sending shockwaves throughout the University of Virginia, the lawyer for George Huguely – the lacrosse player charged with the first-degree murder of Yeardley Love, who played women's lacrosse for the university – says that the victim's death was an accident.
"Until more information becomes available, it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case," attorney Francis Lawrence said after Tuesday's hearing in Charlottesville General District Court, reports Virginia's Charlottesville Daily Progress. "We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome."
Huguely, 22, appeared in the courtroom via video from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, where he will remain in custody until a June 10 bond hearing. Huguely, who admitted to having an altercation with Love, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
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