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Posted at 7:32 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

New charges for Huguely in U-Va. case

By Mary Pat Flaherty

Five charges have been added to the existing first-degree murder case against George Huguely V, accused in the May 3 killing of fellow student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

Charlottesville District Court records show that Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase was charged Friday with felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony and grand larceny. He is scheduled to appear Monday on those charges, the records show.

The added charges are part of a recent spate of legal activity in a case that captured national attention after Huguely was accused of killing his former girlfriend, Love, 22, of Cockeysville. Both were seniors at the University of Virginia at the time of Love's slaying.

Defense attorneys were rebuffed in December when they attempted to gain access to Love's medical records for their case.

In previous court filings, police and the prosecution have said that Huguely admitted seeing Love bleeding after her head hit a wall during an argument hours before her body was found in her off-campus apartment by a roommate.

Love died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Virginia State Medical Examiner, who ruled the death a homicide.

Huguely has been jailed in Charlottesville since his arrest in May.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 7, 2011; 7:32 PM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Updates, Virginia  
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One Love.

Posted by: lacrosselacock | January 7, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

He will get off anyway so why the additional charges. Rich kid from Chevy Chase whose parents have money and are getting the best Lawyers to defend him. Might get a year in jail and then be on the streets where he can kill someone else's daughter.

Posted by: bigmac1810 | January 8, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree

Posted by: 44fx2901 | January 8, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful development. On previous postings, I had wondered why prosecutors had not filed theft charges involving the break-in. Now the addition of felony charges opens the door to Hughley facing the death penalty. I only wish the WPO would do some reporting on this story, because I believe something is going on behind the scenes here as prosecutors and defense lawyers are working out some plea bargain. The prospect of the death penalty or life without possibility of parole is now on the table if the negotiations break down.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | January 8, 2011 7:22 AM | Report abuse

The press better stay on this one -- otherwise the defendant's attorneys will get him out of it with a light sentence.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 8, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

This kid will be doing a lot more then a year in jail. Go get educated before you run around spouting off at the mouth.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 8, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully George does not get buried in the penitentiary. Just a sad case for both families involved.

Posted by: cr10 | January 8, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

cr10, it may be sad for Huguely's family but good luck getting any sympathy. Their son killed an innocent girl. He should be buried in the pen.

Posted by: dtysko | January 8, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

With the money his family has, be mentally prepared to deal with a sentence giving him no more than 10 years to do before he is out on the streets...

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 8, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be great if all college athletes were required to take courses in Anger Management?

Posted by: tl9000 | January 8, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm not an attorney, so I don't know that I have any particularly well-honed insight into the thinking of the prosecutors with regard to their bringing lesser changes--like robbery--against Huguely in addition to the murder charge. However, Virginia, like most states, subscribes to the "Felony Murder Rule" doctrine. Under the Felony Murder Rule any death which occurs pursuant to certain felonies (including robbery) will be construed to constitute murder. Accordingly, for example, if a landlord torches his own building to collect the insurance proceeds and there happens to be, unbeknownst to him, a homeless person squatting in the building who dies in the fire, that landlord may be charged with murder despite his not having had any intent to murder. Perhaps this constitutes a kind of prosecutorial insurance: if Huguely is not able to be convicted on the initial murder charge, the death of Ms. Love incident to the robbery committed by Huguely might constitute murder under the Felony Murder Rule. Is there a real criminal attorney out there among the commentariat who can address this possibility?

Posted by: vacohee | January 8, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

George Huguely is clearly a dispicable specimen of a human being. If this guy doesn't fry, mark it up as another egregious example of a bankrupt system of justice in this country.

Posted by: whachmacallit | January 8, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Huguely's attorneys are obviously nervous. They know they are trying to defend a scum bag and were grasping at straws with the arythmia (sp?) issue. I hope to see his name in the news followed by "raped in prison".

Posted by: photogrl1 | January 9, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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