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“We Have Reached The Magic Number”….

…said Judge Hogshire after 28 potential jurors had been selected. Tomorrow each side will eliminate six and the remaining jurors and alternates will be empanelled. Openning statements will then be made and the commonwealth will begin its case.

This is the defense table. It’s no accident that Huguely is seated in a smaller chair.

This the the row reserved for the family and friends of the victim, Yeardley Love.

Jury Selection Begins In Huguely Trial

George W. Huguely V, appearing in court for the first time since being charged in May 2010 with beating his former girlfriend to death, and pled not guilty. Huguely120206_George
The six-foot-two, 200lb University of Virginia lacrosse player appeared much diminished today having lost some weight and sitting in a chair notably lower than the ones his lawyers sat in. Huguely120206wide
Jury selection got off to a slow start with opening arguments now not expected until Wednesday at the earliest.Huguely120206_trio

WaPo story here.

A Story of Rage and Alcohol

Over twenty witnesses were sworn in before a preliminary hearing in Charlottesville for University of Virginia student and lacrosse player George Huguely accused of murder in the death of Yeardley Love, another U.Va student and women’s lacrosse player with whom he had a relationship.

Defense attorney Francis Lawrence made an opening argument to General District Judge Robert H. Downer, Jr. that Yeardley Love’s death was unintentional.  He also told the judge that Huguely waived his right to appear at the hearing.

The first witness called by Commonwealth Attorney Dave Chapmann, sorority sister Caity Whiteley told how she and fellow U.Va student Phillipe Oudshoorn found Love’s body facedown in her dorm room around 2 a.m.  She also noticed that a hole had been punched through the bedroom door and that Yeardley’s pillow and sheets were stained with blood.

U.Va tennis athlete, Phillipe Oudshoorn, pictured on the witness stand above, called 911.  Other students testified that Huguely had started drinking early in the day at a father-son golf tournament and continued to get drunk until midnight.  There was also testimony that Love was unhappy in her relationship with Huguely and had sought to end it.


Yeardley’s mother and sister were among family and friends in the front row on one side of the courtroom.

Huguely’s family sat on the other side.

WaPo story here.