Defense: Lacrosse Player Didn’t Kill Girlfriend Intentionally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WJZ) — Prosecutors made their case against the man accused of murdering a local lacrosse star.

Mike Hellgren reports the suspect didn’t even show up in the courtroom Monday.

George Huguely V lived a life of privilege that came crashing down around him.  He’s been in jail for almost a year and could stay there for the rest of his life for murdering his girlfriend Yeardley Love almost one year ago.

Both Huguely and Love played lacrosse at the University of Virginia.  She’s from Cockeysville and went to high school at Notre Dame Prep.

Prosecutors say he was angry she broke off their two-year-long relationship, went to her off-campus apartment and beat her, leaving her to die. 

Those who love her are struggling to understand why.

“There was not a mean cell in her body.  She was goodness epitomized,” said Mary Bartel, Notre Dame Prep lacrosse coach.

Huguely’s defense has tried to raise doubt over whether blunt force trauma killed Yeardley.  One of their forensic scientists claims toxicology reports show Adderall in her system when she died and the drug could have caused her heart to stop beating.

“He is able to confront his accusers and they can see on the video screen that the defendant is there, listening to what is taking place,” said defense attorney Scott Goodman.

Love’s family released new pictures of her, along with a new message Monday morning.  “We miss Yeardley so very much and will work tirelessly to honor her legacy.  It is truly devastating to wake up each day and realize she is no longer here.  Her bright, bright future was stolen from us all.  We have faith in the justice system and trust that the truth will prevail.”

The next step in the case is a hearing before a grand jury.  That could happen later in April.

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  1. Not going to take it says:

    Will this story ever go away? Although I feel bad for her family, she is not the only young girl who has been killed by her boyfriend.

    1. Woodylax35 says:

      This story will not go away . One because of the high profile, 2 because it’s not a normal drug related case like in Baltimore city, and three because the trial is just now getting underway! Finally do t read it if you have a problem with it!

    2. Bullfrog says:

      What the hell is wrong with you heartless people, absolutely no one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to read the articles. If it was a child of yours or a relative of yours you may feel differently, but speaking like you are I doubt it!

  2. AT says:

    We’re still hearing about this? We all get it, she was rich. Doesn’t make it necessary to keep going on and on about it.

    1. Not going to take it says:

      That’s the bottom line here AT, just because her family and his had money….if it had been the daughter of a middle working class family, it would have been a one liner for one day and maybe a verdict.

      1. AT says:

        Yeah but everyone’s tired of seeing this stupid story. I feel bad for the families, but come on…let it go.

  3. sheriff willie says:

    Let’s see this big tough guy cray like a raped ape when sent to prison. Yeah, Mr all American nice rich white boy who thought he could do anything he wanted & when he wanted to whomever he wanted because his parents provided a life of pampered privilege for him the little snot pervert.

  4. Honestly... says:

    There was a young African American girl killed a few weeks ago. A promising young girl going to school for nursing cut down in the prime of her life and I only heard about that story once. What’s the difference? Hmmm…rich, poor, black, white. I guess we all know who’s more important to the community (or at least this news station). Nothing to do with being racist, but it is a strange coincidence that WJZ hasn’t covered that story again since it happened. I am beginning to become fed up with the fact that they seem to value the lives of some over others. RIP Miss Love and God bless her family. Really. Let her rest in peace already.

    1. The Community says:

      Kai, Vic and Gigi need to say or do something about this. They get the story too, so they need to report on things that matter to THEIR community. A vast majority of people who watch the news are the poor, middle-class, hard working people. Not people of privilege. We are tired of recycled stories by lazy reporters just looking for a paycheck. Totally agree. Well said.

    2. YourAMoron says:

      Phylicia Barnes has been in the news for months as well. It has nothing to do about her family being rich. But since you want to touch on that they are rich because they are not lazy inner city thugs who only know how to get what they want by robbing and stealing from other people. I get so sick and tired of the hippie entitlement movement. You are not entitled to have money or expensive things. That is something you need to earn in the country. Get over yourself get off welfare and get a job.

      1. SMH says:

        That is totally not the point of this conversation. You just showed how much of a moron YOU are. I don’t even know why I’m entertaining your ignorant comment. Get over yourself. Its laughable really. Stop trying to get a rise out of people. They aren’t talking about entitlement, lazy people, inner city people or the like. Sounds like you need to go back and get an education. Reading comprehension should be your first stop.

      2. chris says:

        hey you dumb moron, you are loud and wrong. they are talking about two different people stupid

    3. Julz says:

      Its about having money or being someone important, for instance, u are also hearing alot about philica barnes disapperance, thats becuz her fthr is the police and they obviously got money.

    4. sheriff willie says:

      honestly, Pulleeeeezzze! stop with the race card, if only reinforces one’s opinion of your stupidity & insecurity. Money has always taslked while the poor Coons have to walk.

    5. pigeon says:

      “Nothing to do with being racist” – who are you kidding. That is EXACTLY what you are doing and intended to do; unfortunately you didn’t cover it up well enough! When will you people give it a break. I thought we were all suppose to love one another. Dr. King’s dream will never come to fruition if you all do not get the hate cancer, you are harboring, in check.

  5. MAF says:

    Very true….more coverage seems to be focused on tragedies that hit the upper class than those of the lower or working class. I think Ms. Love story should be covered when appropriate but it seems to be over done. I feel bad to what happened to her and my prayers to the family for their devastating loss but the media needs to pay attention and cover stories of other victims of domestic violence, not just entirely on one person all of the time.

  6. Stop your whining says:

    It has nothing to do with race, give me a break! What about Phylicia Barnes? How many stories have we had to hear about her? Or Haines Holloway-Lilliston? Really, now? That’s a great one! 40 million dollar lawsuit because he was running from the police and got himself killed! Let’s see how you would all feel if it was your sister, or your daughter? Sick of hearing about it? Really, people! If you don’t want to read about this girl, don’t click on the story…it really is that simple!

    1. chris says:

      look you really sound dumb okay. it would be nice if something happen to someone in your family than you would see how this feels. your ignorant comments need to stop

      1. chrisblowsthebigone says:

        Chris-that’s the most insensative comment on this thread. Not only are you way off topic and misunderstanding what “stop..” said but you just wished that something like this story would happen to someone else. You need to grow up and get a grip. The news talks about the sentencing of suspects for past crimes on a daily basis; don’t clcik the story if you don’t want to read about it.It’s a tragedy what happened because it was a girl that was well liked in her community whose promising future was ripped away by a person in a similar situation. And as for sounding dumb…try proof reading your threads, idiot.

  7. joeinessex says:

    why the focus? college killer? rich families? just do not understand, the like to bring up the drama

  8. Woodylax35 says:

    Sad that so many people are complaining yet when You read the threads of inner city trash nobody complains about race then… I think it is a disgrace to bring up race on such a tragic story! Stop using the race card… You nor your parents ever picked a piece of cotton, so get over it! The Jews have been persecuted for thousands of years and they are not crying about news coverage! This story is about Yeardley and the idiot that killed her! It is simply lettin the thousands of friends and family know what is going on so leave it at that! Stop hating on rich white folks that have earned what they have! Infact you should appreciate them because most of them pay for the taxes that pay for welfare!!

  9. Shannon says:

    Woodylax35 you are 100% correct!!!!

  10. thomas says:

    hahahaha woodylax35 is awesome.

  11. 1Love4Yeardly says:

    Woodylax35, you just made my day! I was so angry over the comments above and how everyone is complaining and pulling the race card but no one cares that a life was brutally ended! Thank you for reminding me not everyone is ignorant and feels like the world owes them something for nothing!

  12. Somebody says:

    There is no such thing as the ” lower working class” I spit my drink right out my nose when I read that.

    As for this case I too am sick of hearing of it, but the families are probably pumping so much money into the news station and police stations that they are milking them and keep on going with it. In one instance maybe it is good that they keep profiling the case, Atleast it shows people that things just don’t happen in the inner city. the only difference is, when whites kill each other it over some sort of relationship, the Romeo and Juliet story, yet this guy forgot to kill him self. Where as in the inner city it’s mainly over drugs turf or a pair of tennis shoes.

    That is really the only difference.

  13. whatnow says:

    I guess no one actually read the story before commenting. It is once again news because THE TRIAL IS STARTING!!!!!!! If you are sick of the story, don’t read it. I hope they continue to publicize it. And I hope every parent brings it to their daughter’s attention every time it is on TV or the net, and says see, do not put up with an abusive boyfriend. This can happen to you. Tell people if this is happening to you. For all parents, it is a teachable moment.

    1. AT says:

      Tons of other trials are starting too, why aren’t they publicized? Because the victim isn’t a “pretty little rich girl?” Be quiet.

      1. whatnow says:

        No, I wont be quiet. You cant have it both ways. Everyone is always on here saying all the news coverage of black crime is distorted and makes black people look worse then they are and to stop reporting it. So then they report a white crime, an actually shocking crime, not an everyday drug dealer shot a drug dealer crime, and you don’t want to read that either. Maybe, you should just quit watching the news!

      2. Brooks says:

        Whatnow:

        That’s the best argument I’ve seen in a long time. It truly captures the irrational perspective employed by those who complain about race-related media coverage, no matter which kind of story is covered.

  14. sheriff willie says:

    When pretty little rich girls bleed, everybody wants to read!

    1. SpudsMckenzie says:

      I know you saw me in the video, Truuuuuuee!! Redneck Willie, the stupid hillbillie.. ha ha ha ha

  15. Herman Glimsher says:

    PUT THAT WHITE-BOY IN JAIL FOR AT LEAST 35 YEARS…………….HE’S A PUNK WHO DESERVES IT……………….NO PAROLE EITHER, MAKE HIM SERVE ALL 35!!!!!

    1. pigeon says:

      Why only 35 years? If this is found to be 1st degree murder, or premeditated, then it is life without parole or death sentence (preferably).

  16. Doug says:

    George !
    May I introduce you to your new cellmate,

    Ben Dover.

  17. fedup says:

    this kid doesn’t deserve jail.. he deserves for someone to do to him what he did to her. You are all pathetic for asking for the case to go away. he should get the death penalty.. no questions asked.

  18. lacrosse says:

    Plus she’s ugly anyhow!! What, he couldn’t get any other girl??

  19. Herman Glimsher says:

    DRUNK DRIVERS DON’T INTEND TO KILL PEOPLE WHEN THEY DRIVE DRUNK, BUT PEOPLE STILL GET KILLED………………”UNINTENTIONAL” IS NO DEFENSE

    HE’S A SPOILED BRAT WHO LIKES TO HIT IF HE DOESN’T GET HIS WAY…………….HE GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH HIS DAD ON THEIR BOAT DIDN’T HE????? MOM AND DAD DIDN’T TEACH HIM RIGHT FROM WRONG WHEN HE WAS GROWING UP AND THEY SHOULD HAVE BEATEN HIM MORE WHEN HE THREW A TANTRUM

    THIS GUY HAS AN ANGER MANAGEMENT PROBLEM AND NEEDS TO BE ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF SOCIETY UNTIL HE’S A CALMER INDIVIDUAL AND IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO SOCIETY…………….35 YEARS!!!!!

  20. SYLVAN FINKELSTEIN says:

    HE DIDN’T MEAN TO KILL THE POOR GIRL BY SLAMMING HER HEAD
    INTO THE WALL…ANOTHER SENARIO OF I DIDN.T MEAN TO DO IT

    1. Bernie says:

      If he beat his meat like he beat that poor girl, he would be a Eunuch.

  21. VWGirl says:

    You all pull the race card so much…and all it is that secretly, you love pretending the be the minority. UR NOT! Segregation is a thing of the past. Jesus Christ! Not all white people are racist! But you just love to think that don’t you. Whatever, I guess all black people are racist too….that’s all your proving. The Pot calling the Kettle black!!!! HA! Ironic huh? Dumb A$$es! Get off your high horse. Stop looking for reasons to justify acting the way you do. I mean for real….not only do the majority of you (meaning, the ones who post these comments) talk like a bunch of four year olds….but you write that way too. I mean OMG…it’s not a language, it’s a stereotype. I mean you act offended when people treat you like your stupid. STOP ACTING LIKE IT!!!!! START WITH THE WAY YOU TALK!!!!! YOU SOUND STUPID!!!!!!! Aight! lls! Dat make sense?

    Ugh! U make me sick! Just like WoodyLax said earlier….stop whining unless you yourself endured the hardships (PERSONALLY) of slavery, God it just makes it easier for you doesn’t it. Ever stop to think that all these white people are rich because they made something of themselves instead of milking off the state for everything its worth. Where would you be without them? Keep complaining! Bet you’re on welfare and/or living in section 8. Those of you who aren’t don’t leave comments like that. Not all black s are like that. Just the stereotypes.

    Dr Martin Luther King was a good man…..He would be ashamed of all of you who act like this! He would call you racist!!!! And pathetic!!!!!

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