Medical Experts Describe How Yeardley Love Died

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WJZ) — Bruised, battered and beaten. Monday, the medical examiner explained how Yeardley Love died. It’s day six in the high-profile murder trial where a University of Virginia student from Maryland faces life in prison.

Adam May has more on the revealing testimony.

According to evidence presented by the medical examiner, the final moments of Yeardley Love’s life sound just terrifying. We heard a laundry list of injuries.

Medical experts and police paint a picture of a violent struggle between former University of Virginia lacrosse players Yeardley Love and George Huguely. In court, jurors heard the medical examiner go into great details, showing pictures of the autopsy he conducted on the Cockeysville native.

Yeardley Love’s eye and cheek were bruised, her lip and inner cheek cut by her own teeth, possibly caused by a combination of smothering, a strike or a fall. The doctor also testified Love had bruises to her hands, forearm, buttocks and thighs, some “shaped like fingerprints,” possibly caused by grabbing. Love also suffered hemorrhaging of the neck, an indication that pressure may have cut off her circulation.

Earlier, a police official took the stand and testified George Huguely had abrasions on his knuckles and bruises on his arms when police first arrested him.

Prosecutors contend the evidence proves Huguely beat Love to death in a drunken rage, upset when he found out she slept with another lacrosse player from the University of North Carolina.

Defense attorneys questioning police about Huguely’s injuries say some of the injuries may have been caused by lacrosse.

When the autopsy photos were first shown, Huguely looked away, but after a few minutes, he started paying close attention, taking notes and passing them to his attorney. Prosecutors are now close to wrapping up their case and then it’s on to the defense.


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