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A Day of Medical and Forensic Experts

A neuropathologist, blood stain pattern and fingerprint analysts, a toxologist and trace evidence and DNA experts all testified today at Huguely’s trial, as well as the coroner who returned to the stand for the second day. Here are just a few: Huguely120214wide

WaPo story here.

An Emotional Day

Detective Lisa Reeves took the witness stand Friday and told the jury how she had brought Huguely from his apartment to the police station for questioning as a potential witness. Noticing that Huguely’s knuckles were severely bruised and that he had a fresh cut on his arm she came to have a “reasonable suspicion that he may have committed this crime”. Huguely120211wide

The interview was videotaped, and the taped played in court. Huguely, sounding still a bit inebriated, admits to drinking all day long the previous day and going over to Yeardley Love’s apartment around 12:45 p.m. “to talk” after an incident the week before when Yeardley went to his apartment and hit him with her purse, accusing him of texting other girls. On the videotape Huguely describes what happened at Yeardley’s apartment over and over for about thirty minutes telling the detective that Yeardley was “freaking out” and “got really aggressive”. He admits shaking her and throwing her on the bed before leaving the apartment.Huguely120210wide

Finally Detective Reeves says “I have to tell you something. She’s dead. You killed her.” After a long silence Hugulely says “she’s dead . . . HOW?” The detective responds “I think you know” Huguely then becomes very upset saying “she’s dead? how the fuck is she dead? She’s dead?…she’s dead?…she’s dead?? I don’t believe it…I didn’t hurt her…I don’t believe she’s dead…I want to see her!” Huguely120210_weep

In the courtroom Huguley began to weep, wiping away tears. It was the first time during the trial that he has shown any emotion.


In the afternoon Detective Michael Flaherty was called to testify and introduce into evidence photos and items taken from the crime scene including the apartment door that Huguely broke through. Huguely120210_family

As the detective described photos of the body laying on the floor Yeardley’s sister Lexie wept as her fiancee tried to comfort her.

Many others in the courtroom were overcome with emotion as well.

WaPo story here.



A Few More Sketches

Another day of dramatic testimony at the Huguely trial. Here are a few of today’s sketches:

George Huguely taking notes during testimony.

The first EMT to take the witness stand.

Dr. Brady, who reviewed the EMT’s work.

The Honorable Edward L. Hogshire.

Witness demonstrating chokehold on the Commonwealth’s attorney.

You can read about it here.

Opening Statements and Witness Testimony

The jury today heard opening statements from the Commonwealth and the defense followed by testimony from the first witnesses. SC120208wide_Chapman
In his opening prosecutor Dave Chapman told the jurors about an email Huguely sent to Yeardley Love that read in part, “I should have killed you.”

But defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence said Huguely only wanted “to talk, to make up, to work things out.”

Eight witnesses testified today, including Yeardley’s mother and sister, but the most lengthy testimony came from Yeardley’s roomate, Caitlin Whitely.

WaPo story here.