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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Huguely hearing postponed

By Mary Pat Flaherty

A preliminary hearing for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing a women's lacrosse player was postponed after about 10 minutes of back and forth between attorneys.

George Huguely V, 23, of Chevy Chase, was scheduled to appear at Monday's hearing over closed-circuit television. But he waived his right to appear in a filing by his defense team Friday. The filing came after prosecutors added new charges of felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony and grand larceny.

Huguely already was facing a first-degree murder charge in the May 3 death of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love, who also played lacrosse at the university.

Monday's hearing was scheduled so Huguely could hear those new charges.

Huguely has been held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail since his arrest within hours after the body of Love, 22 of Cockeysville, was found by a roommate at her off campus apartment. Love was face down on her bedroom pillow in a pool of blood, court records show.

She and Huguely were seniors at the time of her death and Love had recently broken off their dating relationship, police said in earlier court filings.

Francis McQ. Lawrence, an attorney for Huguely asked the court to delay a scheduled Jan. 21 preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charge. Huguely was entitled to appear in court to hear that request.

Because he has an attorney and because he is held without bond, he did not need to be present to hear the five new charges, his attorneys told the court. The lead prosecutor, Warner D. "Dave" Chapman, Commonwealth's Attorney for Charlottesville, agreed to continue the Jan. 21 hearing on the first-degree murder charge.

Police have said in previous court filings that Huguely said he saw Love bleeding after he had a fight with her and her head hit a wall.

His lawyers have said Love's death was "an accident with a tragic outcome." In a statement released Friday, the defense team from the Charlottesville firm of St. John, Bowling, Lawrence & Quagliana said it had expected the additional charges "and we have been fully prepared to defend against them. We think it is significant that the amended charges acknowledge that there was no premeditation."

The original first-degree murder charge obliges prosecutors to prove Huguely intended to kill Love when, as police said he told them, he kicked down her door in the early morning of May 3. The recently added felony murder charge covers a killing committed during the commission or attempt to commit another felony, which police said in Friday filings was a robbery or burglary.

Neither murder charge filed in the case carries the possibility of a death sentence.

Police have said that Huguely told them on the night of Love's death he took a computer from her apartment and then dumped it in a trash container, where police later found it He had also said, according to police, that he and Love had emailed each other in the days before their final argument.

In December, police filed a a search warrant for the cell phone that Huguely had with him at his arrest. That warrant sought to look for emails and text-messages that Huguely sent to Love or that mentioned Love.

No new date has been set for the preliminary hearing.

[This post has been updated.]


By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 10, 2011; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty  
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It is quite interesting that both Huguley and the man who shot Rep Giffords both had well know longstanding difficulties with different types of mood instability that went unaddressed. Gifford's shooter was clearly mentally ill- full of delusions and paranoia. We don't know yet if his family or others had assisted him in obtaining mental health treatment. No doubt he is criminally insane.
Hugluley, the non-psychotic,entitled rich, frat-boy jock, who lacked for any want or need of anything, has a history of temper outbursts when he did not get his way, and used his anger and aggression to try to control his ex and is clearly an antisocial abuser and monster. We do not know if his family or others ever tried to get him to seek professional help or if they were also part of the problem. He is by no means insane but I bet his fancy lawyers will try to spin his case that way so he can avoid criminal prosecution.

Posted by: 10bestfan | January 10, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

10bestfan

Can you just once humor me and call him a thug and animal, talk about his parents and upbringing and how messed up he is due to his ethic background the same way you would if he were a minority from DC or PG county? Just this once.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 10, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Tom Brokaw made an interesting comment this morning: anyone attending a math class at a Community College (or lacrosse practice at UVA) who is even mildly inebriated is quickly identified as troubled and offered mental health services. A student with errant anti-social behavior WITH POTENTIAL FOR MURDER is asked not to return to class. Both examples of behavior, imagined and real, demand better, faster and more efficient identification of mental health patients with long-term issues who might have an indelibly negative impact on the health, safety and welfare of the public. A troubled person shouldn't have to be obviously drunk or drugged or openly wielding a weapon to get the mental health treatment they deserved years ago.

Posted by: sakipuh | January 10, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Tom Brokaw made an interesting comment this morning: anyone attending a math class at a Community College (or lacrosse practice at UVA) who is even mildly inebriated is quickly identified as troubled and offered mental health services. A student with errant anti-social behavior WITH POTENTIAL FOR MURDER is asked not to return to class. Both examples of behavior, imagined and real, demand better, faster and more efficient identification of mental health patients with long-term issues who might have an indelibly negative impact on the health, safety and welfare of the public. A troubled person shouldn't have to be obviously drunk or drugged or openly wielding a weapon to get the mental health treatment they deserved years ago.

Posted by: sakipuh | January 10, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

To 10bestfan: You are so right. I too have noticed that posters who comment about this guy George Hugueley do not go those great low-blow lengths to call him a thug; to blame his parents; to profile his ethnicity as a cause for this crime.

It's amazing how being a white, rich, educated male, who is charged with a heinous crime such as this Hugueley guy, still renders you respect. But a crime is a crime. So, go for it posters - call him an animal, damn his race, his parents, call him a thug, label his upbringing despicable. You know, the usual.

Posted by: concernedcitizen52 | January 10, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Correction: to ged: You are so right. I too have noticed that posters who comment about this guy George Hugueley do not go those great low-blow lengths to call him a thug; to blame his parents; to profile his ethnicity as a cause for this crime.

It's amazing how being a white, rich, educated male, who is charged with a heinous crime such as this Hugueley guy, still renders you respect. But a crime is a crime. So, go for it posters - call him an animal, damn his race, his parents, call him a thug, label his upbringing despicable. You know, the usual.

Posted by: concernedcitizen52 | January 10, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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