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Posted at 6:10 PM ET, 01/19/2011

April hearing set in U-Va. slaying

By Mary Pat Flaherty

A preliminary hearing on a first-degree murder charge has been set for April 11 in the case of George Huguely V, 23, of Chevy Chase, accused in the May 3 slaying of fellow University of Virginia student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville.

Huguely was to have had a preliminary hearing Friday. The new date was filed Wednesday in Charlottesville District Court and follows a hearing Jan. 10 at which the prosecutor and defense team appeared. Huguely has been held without bond at the regional jail in Charlottesville since his arrest May 3 hours after Love's body was found in her off-campus apartment. Police said the two had dated but had broken up and had a physical confrontation when Huguely went to see Love on the night of her death.

The first-degree murder charge was the original count filed against Huguely. Five more charges were added Jan. 7: felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony and grand larceny.

Court records as of late Wednesday showed a Friday hearing scheduled for Huguely on the more recent charges. However, both the prosecution and defense have told a judge that neither side was ready to proceed in the case pending a review of about 20 outstanding items. They had asked the court to keep the Jan. 21 date as a placeholder for the new charges -- an indication that the hearing on the added charges also could be postponed.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 19, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Mary Pat Flaherty, Updates, Virginia  
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No surprise here...The average trial for a murder of passion usually occurs within a year...And those are ones where the defendant is a person of ordinary means...

Higher profile cases like this one can drag on for much longer...the reason???? Money...Smart defense lawyers know the drill....stall...stall...stall....

With all the processes involved don't expect a trial until 2012...

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 20, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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