Jury Selection For University Of Virginia Lacrosse Player Proves Challenging
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WJZ) — Progress in the trial of a Maryland man accused of killing Yeardley Love at the University of Virginia. Jury selection is nearly complete.
Adam May has emotional reaction from Love’s friends.
Jury selection is still underway. They’re having a hard time finding people who don’t have an opinion on this case, not just in the courthouse but also on campus.
At the University of Virginia, Yeardley Love and George Huguely were popular students and lacrosse players. Back in 2010, some friends grew concerned about their relationship problems, but they never expected it would end with Love found beaten to death and an intoxicated Huguely arrested on murder charges.
“I feel really bad for Yeardley and all of her friends and family and I hope that they can get through this,” said University of Virginia student Caroline Dunn.
Students on campus are now following developments at the courthouse just down the street in Charlottesville.
Love’s mother from Cockeysville sits in court listening intently to jury selection.
Huguely’s father from Chevy Chase is hoping his son isn’t sent away to prison for life, although it’s what many at the University of Virginia predict.
“I feel like he will probably be convicted of first degree in the legal system, which is probably what he deserves,” said student Jacob Small.
“A lot of people are very upset,” said a student.
One sorority launched a new philanthropy project after Love’s death.
“We do a lot of help for the shelter of health and emergency and women who are victims of domestic violence and help them seek shelter,” a student said.
University officials say they have also ramped up education on that issue and alcohol abuse.
“I hope so. It was a very unfortunate event and I hope people have learned,” said Carissa Pretz.
“Alcohol abuse is a serious problem on college campuses, but I would add that the typical drunk college student does not kill his girlfriend,” said Frank Garmon.
Most students have already made their verdict. Now they’re waiting to see if jurors decide the same.
Prosecutors are hoping to deliver opening statements Wednesday morning.