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Police: Huguely knew Love was injured

George Huguely V told Charlottesville police that he "saw blood coming from Yeardley Love's nose," as he banged her head against a wall during an assault May 3 that led to her death, according to police and court records released Thursday.

Love died of blunt force trauma to the head, the Virginia State Medical Examiner said Wednesday in officially ruling Love's death a homicide.

Huguely, a former player on the University of Virginia lacrosse team, also was carrying a passport in the shorts he was wearing during the assault, according to search warrants filed in Circuit Court.

During a search of the black Chevy Tahoe driven by Huguely and registered to his father, George IV, police found handwritten notes, a digital camera and flip phone, according to a list of what was removed during the search.

A letter addressed to Love also was found in the apartment of Huguely V, although the contents of the letters and notes were not detailed by police.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, remains held without bond, charged with murder in Love's death. Love, 22 of Cockeysville, was Hugely's ex-girlfriend and also played lacrosse at U.Va..

Huguely told police that he had exchanged emails with Love before going to her apartment and breaking down her bedroom door, police told a judge in seeking a search warrant of his apartment and of Love's residence. Roommates discovered Love facedown on her pillow in a bloody pool. Huguely told police he had been in a relationship with Love that had ended, the records show.

Huguely took Love's computer from her apartment, he told police, and disposed of it. It was not clear from the information on police warrants whether one of the two computers later found during a search of Huguely's apartment belonged to Love.

Huguely told police that Love was wearing a black T-shirt and underwear when he broke into her room, and that she had the shirt on when he left, police said in seeking court permission to search Huguely's Charlottesville apartment. The roommates who found Love told police she was not wearing a shirt when they entered and she did not have it on when emergency responders arrived, the police records show.

Photos from the crime scene, police said, showed a black shirt lying on the bedroom floor near where Love was found, but when police searched Love's apartment on May 7, after learning of the discrepancy over the T-shirt, they did not find it, according to information filed with a court. The records indicate that police did not remove anything from the apartment that day.

The records unsealed by a Charlottesville court Thursday were opened after legal challenges by The Washington Post, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Associated Press. The media organizations argued on July 1 that court orders that sealed the search warrants and items found during searches should be open to public view under Virginia state law.

The Commonwealth's Attorney for Charlottesville and local police had asked to have that information sealed by a local court shortly after the killing as they investigated the death. They argued that the temporary sealing of the records that is provided for under Virginia state law should continue because disclosure of information could prejudice potential jurors should Huguely's case go to the trial.

The media outlets countered that the temporary seal -- which is granted when police fear a suspect could flee, or evidence may be destroyed or co-conspirators or witnesses may not cooperate -- no longer was applicable because Huguely was jailed and was the lone suspect, as police testimony affirmed.

Click here for the documents.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  July 8, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Updates , Virginia  
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Comments

Looks like there will be no George Huguely VI - not from this punk, anyway.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

death penalty?

Posted by: 123cartoon | July 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Be a man, take responsibility, save the tax payers some money and take a plea. Life with no parole, perhaps?

Posted by: jckdoors | July 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Waterfrontproperty, there could very well be a George Huguely VI. Manson family members have married and had kids while in prison. Huguely could easily do the same. I hate to even think about it.

Posted by: WickedRose | July 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Umm, he slammed her head against a wall. Yeah, I'd say he knew she was hurt too.

Posted by: sonny2 | July 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

This will not be tried as a 1st degree murder case. He killed her in a rage of anger. It may not be tried at all. Look for a plea deal. Life in prison with the possibility of parole after "X" number of years.

Posted by: dcborn1 | July 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This animal takes the lady by the head and smashes it repeatedly into a wall. This animal sees blood coming from the lady and he throws her on the bed. This animal collects any incriminating evidence he can think of and runs, with his PASSPORT in his pocket and leaves the lady to die. I would only hope that the charge stands at first degree murder and the death penalty is sought. This animal deserves nothing less.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Please, no death penalty for this cretin. Why foreshorten his suffering? Let him rot in a cage and take anatomy lessons from MS-13.

Posted by: redlineblue | July 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

If VA is going to have a death penalty, then they need to show that it's just not for poor people. This is their best opportunity and they should take it.

Posted by: blankspace | July 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

imho, the prosecutor can show premeditation (postmeditation?) at least partly because he took her laptop afterward with the intent of disposing of evidence. People in a strictly "bind rage of anger" don't gather up a laptop and neatly dispose of it afterwards.

The defense attorney's claim it was "an accident" remains outrageous. I agree a life sentence is more likely but anything short of "without the possibility of parole" won't be justice.

Posted by: blackjack65 | July 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Put him under.the.jail.

Posted by: pookchop1 | July 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

This is premeditation. He broke down her door, took all the evidence he could think of, tried to dispose of it and then planned on skipping the country to let his parents sort out this mess no doubt. Looks like he is lying about that black shirt to try and show she was living when he left the apartment.

Posted by: TG10 | July 8, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

He'll accept a plea deal on 2nd degree manslaughter. 10 years and out...

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

wickedrose, there are no conjugal visits in VA, so huguely won't be fathering any children. I think he'll be having "sex" but not with women. he's going to be a woman. cons don't take kindly to his kind. rich- spoiled brat - woman killer. he's in for a rude awakening i'd say, but i surely feel no sympathy for him.

Posted by: red2million | July 8, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Please, everyone, write your local politicians and beseech them to petition the court not to drag out Huguely's "not guilty" verdict. His persecuted and put-upon family should not have to spend significant unnecessary big-bucks to buy this case!

Posted by: kinkysr | July 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Please, everyone, write your local politicians and beseech them to petition the court not to drag out Huguely's "not guilty" verdict. His persecuted and put-upon family should not have to spend significant unnecessary big-bucks to buy this case!

Posted by: kinkysr | July 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Please, everyone, write your local politicians and beseech them to petition the court not to drag out Huguely's "not guilty" verdict. His persecuted and put-upon family should not have to spend significant unnecessary big-bucks to buy this case!

Posted by: kinkysr |


Were you absent during government class? The legislative and judicial branches of government are separate. It would be highly improper for an elected official to try to influence the outcome of a case.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

wealthy white boy murders female...
out in 7 or less.
a golf course prison

Posted by: newagent99 | July 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

He'll accept a plea deal on 2nd degree manslaughter. 10 years and out...

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Less I bet, and he won't be with MS-13, only the non-white, poor offenders go to real jail.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Please, everyone, write your local politicians and beseech them to petition the court not to drag out Huguely's "not guilty" verdict. His persecuted and put-upon family should not have to spend significant unnecessary big-bucks to buy this case!

Posted by: kinkysr | July 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse


The best thing about the US Constitution is it prevents people like you form inflicting your opinion onto others. Try reading it sometime....

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

He'll accept a plea deal on 2nd degree manslaughter. 10 years and out...

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Less I bet, and he won't be with MS-13, only the non-white, poor offenders go to real jail.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse


I'm not sure how prevalent the MS 13 are in that area. There we're a few in the Fairfax Co. jail but there pretty much harmless.

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

//His persecuted and put-upon family should not have to spend significant unnecessary big-bucks to buy this case!//

That "persecuted and put-upon family" made him the entitled, arrogant sociopath he is - they can't pay enough to make up for that.

Posted by: EinDC | July 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

hm, looks like he's going to argue that he didn't actually kill her, that someone else came into the room and killed her, taking the shirt off, possibly even returning later to remove the shirt from the crime-scene.

Someone that apparently no one would suspect of her murder.

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

quite frankly, i'm tired of hearing about this. first the baltimore sun, now the washington post?! yes, the young woman's death was sad and uncalled for, especially since it was caused since the spoiled brat of an ex didn't get his way. but it bothers me deeply that this case got so much and is still getting the media attention it is! there have been cases in the past just as bad if not worse than this one and yet, they weren't covered as much as this one. what makes this one so special? i really need the media to be fair to all victims of violence.

Posted by: neo_soul | July 8, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What about this missing T-shirt? I hope he doesn't get off because of this.

Posted by: buttercupcm | July 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Guillotine.

Posted by: vickie105 | July 8, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Good thing this guy's parents are rich and can buy him out of this. Sure, he has to appear to be punished to satisfy the public, but it won't be anything near the maximum and he'll be out before long. Remember the Golden Rule: those with the gold make the rules.

"I don't give a d--n what the charge is, just tell me who the judge is." - Roy Cohn

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 8, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

While his dormitory roommate is sleeping in bed, Hugely hits him in the face because he thought the roommate had kissed his girl. Hugely then beats his ex-girlfriend to death because he is too weak to handle rejection. (Talk about a punk!). I hope he is spared the death penalty and instead is mixed w/the main prison population where he'll wind up being sold for cigarettes by other inmates.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | July 8, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to know that he was spending the rest of his worthless life in a prison where maintenance on electricity, plumbing, and furniture was way behind, scratching bedbug bites, pondering the horrifying unfairness of life, and hoping that the large man with poor overall hygiene will find someone new to love.

Posted by: jlhare1 | July 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

i am still amazed at the race comments here. RICH people regardless of their color get lesser sentences. Did you learn anything from the OJ case?

Posted by: hunter501 | July 8, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

" .. Looks like there will be no George Huguely VI - not from this punk, anyway .."

The gene pool is improved.

Posted by: russpoter | July 8, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

HARDLY


This is death penalty case -- murder in the commission of a felony.

Death is good for a scum like this.

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wealthy white boy murders female...
out in 7 or less.
a golf course prison

Posted by: russpoter | July 8, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

More than likely Mr.Huguely will get seven years. He is white with lots of family money to buy the best defense. After all he only murdered a young woman who really ticked him off. Isn't that the way the justice system works when you are rich?

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | July 9, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Fabricmaven: YES.

THIS HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.

Good Ole Boy principlea are alive and well in UVA country.

This kid will NEVER get the max.
WHY?

FIRST and FOREMOST- he is an athlete.

SECOND because he is an athlete at UVA

THIRD because he is from a wealthy, well- connected family

FOURTH because he is white.

He will never get the death penalty and he will never get life without parole. Not in C'ville.

Posted by: fedup55 | July 15, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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