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Love's death from head injury: Report

University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed by blunt force injury to the head, the state medical examiner’s office confirmed Thursday. The office also officially ruled the death of Love, a 22-year-old Cockeysville, Md. native, a homicide.

George Huguely V, a 22-year-old Chevy Chase native and former Virginia men’s lacrosse player, continues to be held without bond in an Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail cell on a first-degree murder charge related to Love’s May 3 death.

Huguely kicked in the door of Love’s off-campus apartment, shook her and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall, he told police upon his arrest shortly after Love was murdered.

Huguely and Love had dated on and off in recent years, and his attorney, Francis McQ. Lawrence, has called the incident “an accident with a tragic outcome.”

A hearing for Huguely, who withdrew from the university, is set for Oct. 7.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Steve Yanda

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 8, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Schools , Updates , Virginia  
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Withdrew from the university?! They should let him finish his degree from his prison cell. It might come in handy in 40 years.

Posted by: Mike40 | July 8, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

We knew all this after her death. What else is in the report? Had she been out drinking or eating that evening, or was she home studying? This case has a lot of local interest and should not be dismissed so summarily.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | July 8, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Why does the media, and the public, pay this crime so much more attention than other crimes of similar nature, but different race/class?

Posted by: 123cartoon | July 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Why does the media, and the public, pay this crime so much more attention than other crimes of similar nature, but different race/class?"

Because it's unusual and therefore news. Does this really need to be explained?

Posted by: NYC123 | July 8, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"Why does the media, and the public, pay this crime so much more attention than other crimes of similar nature, but different race/class?"

Because it is unusual for a white person to commit a violent crime, whereas this is a usual everyday occurrence in the black culture. Therefore, cases like these will get a ton of media attention versus everyday shooting in the ghetto where it's always the same ol'.

Posted by: tmi1 | July 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@nyc123, yeah I guess matters concerning race, class and educational level need not be explained. But the issue of favoritism on these bases need more than explanation - they need to be summarily discarded since the biblical Book of James warn against such favoritism (esp. concerning treatment of the wealthy versus the poor, but I am sure this principle has other applications). We are a nation that caters to the "haves" and "have mores" while displaying an unbridled mean streak to the poor and those without power. Food for thought for your day.

Any murder, weather it occurs in a rural trailer park, an urban ghetto or an august college campus, should be considered heinous and treated with equal force within the law. The truth of the matter is quite disturbing and opposite. Huguely should get the death penalty for his murderous deed. Somehow, because of race and class, I serious doubt it will happen. Somehow, Bob McDonell, the Commonwealth of Virginia's governor, will see the cretin does not see death row at Jarett, VA.

Posted by: meldupree | July 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

nyc123 says:

"Huguely should get the death penalty for his murderous deed."

It wouldn't bother me, but most states require that the jury find certain enumerated "aggravating" factors to be present in the circumstances of the homicide that probably weren't present here. More, this was a crime of passion lacking evidence of premeditation and possibly of intent to kill.

So don't get too worked up about the rich and white, nyc123, if this particular murderer doesn't get death.

As for treating all murders as heinous, especially black-on-black ones, for some reason that's a hard sell to many urban juries featuring a substantial number of black jurors. Why is that? Maybe you know.

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

@Roytex, well now, I believe all murders should be treated equally regardless of race or irrelevant factors. However, the Nation's history has shown the opposite with minorities (of whatever era, whether they are the Chinese coolies who connected the railroad from east to west, or the immigrants from Italy or Ireland, or African-American who were brought in chains, or the Hispanics who must worry about laws enacted by states like Arizona). Just review your history book; it is quite self-explanatory if you choose to understand. Jury nullification is one of the few weapons available to people who historically been given the shaft by a legal system that favor race, wealth and power (i.e., Clause von Bulow).

Posted by: meldupree | July 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

By the way nyc123 and roytex, if Huguely was an African-American UVA lacrosse player who murdered Love, I guarantee this case would be considered a capital crime with death penalty as an option. How would you feel then if Huguely was an African-American man? How would you feel if he did not get the death penalty? Would you feel there was a miscarriage of justice?

The unequal application of justice in America makes the system suspect in the eyes of many. That is why white prosecutors regularly strike potential Black jurors from jury selection. I am not saying this is right; I am saying it is what it is.

Posted by: meldupree | July 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Repeatedly slamming her head against the wall is called "an accident" by the attorney.

Posted by: annie7 | July 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

MELDUPREE - TELL EM, AND TELL AGAIN AND AGAIN... nyc123 and roytex are idiots, (laced with racism).
They don't get it, and never will. You have given them historical FACTS in this country dealing with minorities, and they choose to ignore those facts. It would be just lovely if each of them woke up tomorrow as minorities and second class citizens, and have to live that way for the next few years. I would love to read their day to day blogs then...

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | July 8, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"By the way nyc123 and roytex, if Huguely was an African-American UVA lacrosse player who murdered Love, I guarantee this case would be considered a capital crime with death penalty as an option."

Wouldja like to tell us why you're willing to "guarantee" that what *didn't* happen in the O.J. Simpson case would happen here? Is it because Virginia prosecutors like lacrosse players more than California prosecutors like football players?

Posted by: entonces_99 | July 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

rich white boy kills female..

out in less than 7.

Posted by: newagent99 | July 8, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Huguely's lawyer said that this was, “an accident with a tragic outcome.”

Um, no, this was murder. Calling it an accident is a clumsy attempt to remove the blame, and the responsibility. Unfortunately I agree with the previous assessment that this rich white boy will be out in seven years, if that long.

Posted by: Blackwater | July 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Put an end the DNA line once and for all and terminate him.

Posted by: metroman76 | July 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing (ahem @ nyc123, meldupree, roytex- hell most of you bigoted idiots(racism works both ways)) all have focused on race. Get over it. People will make it about race because they have a bone to pick/ anger issues even when they have never been a victim--grow up/ travel abroad and than maybe you can gripe. The reasons for this case being a focus are the same with Wone case: a) Upper middle class/ wealthy individuals accused of a crime (been living in a cave lately); b) age- let's face it, people still find it shocking when when the accused are young/educated/motivated; c) college, college, college; d)ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS; and as mentioned-- it is very local. This list I'm sure could go on. As for the death penalty, that will come down to the motive dumba****. Was it intentional? Pre-planned? Was there a restraining order prior? Mitigating circumstances may prevent this from being a death penalty crime. You also have to take into account- who sets the penalty? The judge or the jury? Trust me, when provided options juries will often choose a penalty other than death.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | July 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing (ahem @ nyc123, meldupree, roytex- hell most of you bigoted idiots(racism works both ways)) all have focused on race. Get over it. People will make it about race because they have a bone to pick/ anger issues even when they have never been a victim--grow up/ travel abroad and than maybe you can gripe. The reasons for this case being a focus are the same with Wone case: a) Upper middle class/ wealthy individuals accused of a crime (been living in a cave lately); b) age- let's face it, people still find it shocking when when the accused are young/educated/motivated; c) college, college, college; d)ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS; and as mentioned-- it is very local. This list I'm sure could go on. As for the death penalty, that will come down to the motive dumba****. Was it intentional? Pre-planned? Was there a restraining order prior? Mitigating circumstances may prevent this from being a death penalty crime. You also have to take into account- who sets the penalty? The judge or the jury? Trust me, when provided options juries will often choose a penalty other than death.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | July 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@devilsadvocate, to quote Bill Clinton, give me a break! I did not cite only race as a factor in the Nation's legal system, but class and wealth play very large factors (hence, the 3 October 1995 acquittal of OJ Simpson with the "dream team"). Btw, celebrity status can play a part in legal proceedings (Lindsay Logan spends 89 minutes in the pokey for concaine; only yesterday she gets the book thrown at her (finally)). What I am saying is the law should be equally applied - in the Love murder case, Huguely needs to be convicted and promptly sent to death row. Guess what: not - gonna - happen. That is a miscarriage of justice.

Posted by: meldupree | July 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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