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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Disagreement over cause of Love's death in Huguely case

By Staff and wire reports

A Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday morning that the medical records of Yeardley Love, a former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player who was slain in May, will remain sealed until he reviews them and determines whether they are relevant.

During a hearing Wednesday in Charlottesville General District Court, the city's commonwealth's attorney argued against a motion filed by George Huguely V's attorneys to access her medical records from U-Va.'s departments of student health and athletics.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, who also played lacrosse at U-Va., is charged with first-degree murder in Love's May 3 death.

Huguely's attorneys argued that those records are necessary for an expert's review of her cause of death, while the prosecutor argued that the request for four years or more of Love's medical records is too broad.

A pathologist in private consulting testified that he disagrees with the medical examiner's findings that Love died from blunt-force trauma to the head. Dr. Jack Daniel said his working hypothesis is that Love suffered a cardiac arrhythmia that caused insufficient blood flow to her head. The doctor testified he thinks Love's vascular system suffered from a lack of oxygen and caused "ongoing damage," and therefore Love died from a lack of oxygen.

Witnesses testified that .05 milligrams per liter of amphetamine was found in Love's body and she had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Dave Chapman, commonwealth's attorney, said in court that police found a bottle of Adderall prescribed to Love in a backpack at the scene. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Adderall contains amphetamine.

Dr. William Gormley, a medical examiner with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond, testified that amphetamine in any dose increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of a heartbeat, and while most are harmless, some can be life-threatening if the heart can't pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Gormley said that a cardiac arrhythmia was a "very likely internal event" for Love, although he said he thinks it happened after Love suffered blunt-force trauma injuries.

Daniel, who examined Love's brain, testified that she suffered no lethal injuries to her brain and the damage that the medical examiner found could be ascribed to CPR that a bystander and medical personnel performed on Love.

Francis McQ. Lawrence, one of Huguely's attorneys, said in court today that Love's medical records are material to the case based on Daniel's findings. Huguely is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Jan. 21.

"This is an important time to have available to us very important information," Lawrence said in court.

Chapman said in court that a draft order seeking the information from Love's Adderall prescription bottle would be appropriate, but a request for years of her medical history would be overbroad.

"The court would be authorizing what amounts to a fishing expedition, and that is not permissible under the law," Chapman said in court.

The judge ruled that he would contact the attorneys after reviewing Love's sealed medical history and give them another opportunity to argue over the release of the documents.

By Staff and wire reports  | December 16, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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I'd get cardiac arrhythmia too if a lunatic was slamming my head against my computer screen.

Posted by: jackson641 | December 16, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Looks like George's daddy has been surfing thisquackforhire.com

Posted by: Mike40 | December 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Georgie-boy will get the best defense money can buy....hope he never gets out of a prison cell.What a monster this rich frat boy is! This case will be used by campus authorities as an example of how to identify stalkers and those who thereat and commit violence against co-eds. The court room antics of defense lawyers to 'blame the victim' will become know as the Huguley defense!using a highly paid " H 0 " with an MD is shameful. My sympathies to the Love family for all they have to continue to endure.

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 16, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Let's continue to have faith in the judicial system. Surely, there is no way this scumbag will get away with what he did. He needs to pay.

Posted by: mbrumble | December 16, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Let's continue to have faith in the judicial system. Surely, there is no way this scumbag will get away with what he did. He needs to pay.

Posted by: mbrumble | December 16, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break. You know what an "expert" is from a private consulting firm? It's someone who will say what you want for a fee. This punk smashed her head into a wall, period. Brain damage from CPR? Explain that one.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The hired physician who claims Ms. Love had a high blood alcohol count is Dr. Jack Daniels?

For Real?

Posted by: OlSloaner | December 16, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Lawyers suck!

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | December 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Dr. Jack Daniel said his working hypothesis is that Love suffered a cardiac arrhythmia..." And thank you very much defense atty for the money you're paying me! UFB.... They'll say whatever it takes to get paid! Don't you understand that?

Posted by: sshill411 | December 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

this is a very poorly written article in the "inside baseball" style that assumes readers have been following this story and that no explanation of basic facts and characters is needed. Thus "Huguely" is introduced in the second paragraph, without a first name and without any indication of what he is charged with. Obviously the inference is clear that he is charged with Love's death, alhtough given the substance of this article, "allegedly slain" would be a more NPOV usage. Similarly, the other details about the circumstances of the alleged victim's death are left to be speculated about as forensic details are bandied about in a way that assumes everyone knows all about this case. One would expect a higher level of journalistic acumen from the Washington Post.

Posted by: tcquinn | December 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

HER BOYFRIEND SLAMMING HER HEAD INTO A WALL SEVERAL TIMES TAKES THE BACK SEAT TO A HEART PROBLEM? I DON'T THINK SO!!! MAN UP, GEORGE, AND ACCEPT THAT YOU LOST YOUR TEMPER AND KILLED YEARDLEY.

Posted by: skinfreak | December 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

One would expect a higher level of journalistic acumen from the Washington Post.
**************************************************************************************Agreed but unfortunately this seems to be what we can expect in the brave new world of instant journalism.

Posted by: OlSloaner | December 16, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

First off...What's with the rich frat boy comment...nice stereotype I sit at home by myself with my computer. Secondly, while it is true that the Dr is for the defense you miss this gem... "Dr. William Gormley, a medical examiner with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond, testified that amphetamine in any dose increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia...Gormley said that a cardiac arrhythmia was a 'very likely internal event' for Love".

I'm not saying this kid isn't in deep crap and what he did was certainly not right but please don't call names or read half the story. A .14 BAC with amphetamine?? Risky game for anyone.

Posted by: JiBot | December 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Am just curious: Why is he in solitary confinement? Is he judged a danger to his fellow cellmates or are they judged a danger to him?

Posted by: daveydog | December 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

JiBot,
Lemme guess. You're an out-of-the-closet 'Landon Bear' or some pretentious UVA 'wah hoo' yourself. You & his attorneys can try to spin this all you want. The "kid" you refer to smashed a woman's skull. Then he tried to destroy evidence.

Make no mistake, he will pay dearly.

Posted by: TonyManero | December 16, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying this kid isn't in deep crap and what he did was certainly not right but please don't call names or read half the story. A .14 BAC with amphetamine?? Risky game for anyone.

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Yeah, especially when your crazed exboyfriend is bashing your head against the wall.

This is sickening - Huguely's attorney is trying to argue that the arrhythmia killed her, not the head bashing. Disgraceful.

Huguely should be a man and plead guilty.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | December 16, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Let them have a trial. Dont you dare let this murderer off without having his day in court. Do it soon. Lets see what happens. Give the jury the chance to 1. give him the death penalty 2. Life in prision without paroll 3. lesser included 4. not guilty. The only way to solve this is a trial.

Posted by: HelloNewman53 | December 18, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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