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Court Docs Reveal New Key Details in Murder of College Student

Court Docs Reveal New Key Details in Murder of College Student

Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of UVA women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Charlottsville Police Department

Washington Post via YellowBrix

July 11, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – George Huguely V told Charlottesville police that he “saw blood coming from Yeardley Love’s nose,” as he banged her head against a wall during an assault May 3 that led to her death, according to police and court records released Thursday.

Love died of blunt force trauma to the head, the Virginia State Medical Examiner said Wednesday in officially ruling Love’s death a homicide.

Huguely, a former player on the University of Virginia lacrosse team, also was carrying a passport in the shorts he was wearing during the assault, according to search warrants filed in Circuit Court.

During a search of the black Chevy Tahoe driven by Huguely and registered to his father, George IV, police found handwritten notes, a digital camera and flip phone, according to a list of what was removed during the search.

A letter addressed to Love also was found in the apartment of Huguely V, although the contents of the letters and notes were not detailed by police.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, remains held without bond, charged with murder in Love’s death. Love, 22 of Cockeysville, was Hugely’s ex-girlfriend and also played lacrosse at U.Va..

Huguely told police that he had exchanged emails with Love before going to her apartment and breaking down her bedroom door, police told a judge in seeking a search warrant of his apartment and of Love’s residence. Roommates discovered Love facedown on her pillow in a bloody pool. Huguely told police he had been in a relationship with Love that had ended, the records show.

Huguely took Love’s computer from her apartment, he told police, and disposed of it. It was not clear from the information on police warrants whether one of the two computers later found during a search of Huguely’s apartment belonged to Love.


Yeardley Love [University of Virginia]

Huguely told police that Love was wearing a black T-shirt and underwear when he broke into her room, and that she had the shirt on when he left, police said in seeking court permission to search Huguely’s Charlottesville apartment. The roommates who found Love told police she was not wearing a shirt when they entered and she did not have it on when emergency responders arrived, the police records show.

Photos from the crime scene, police said, showed a black shirt lying on the bedroom floor near where Love was found, but when police searched Love’s apartment on May 7, after learning of the discrepancy over the T-shirt, they did not find it, according to information filed with a court. The records indicate that police did not remove anything from the apartment that day.

The records unsealed by a Charlottesville court Thursday were opened after legal challenges by The Washington Post, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Associated Press. The media organizations argued on July 1 that court orders that sealed the search warrants and items found during searches should be open to public view under Virginia state law.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney for Charlottesville and local police had asked to have that information sealed by a local court shortly after the killing as they investigated the death. They argued that the temporary sealing of the records that is provided for under Virginia state law should continue because disclosure of information could prejudice potential jurors should Huguely’s case go to the trial.

The media outlets countered that the temporary seal — which is granted when police fear a suspect could flee, or evidence may be destroyed or co-conspirators or witnesses may not cooperate — no longer was applicable because Huguely was jailed and was the lone suspect, as police testimony affirmed.

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