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posted 02.15.2012 at 9.05 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Virginia Teammates Testify in Huguely Trial

Four of George Huguely's former teammates, including one current member of the Virginia men's lacrosse team, took center stage Wednesday in Huguely's murder trial, as the prosecution ended its case by calling to testify various people who had interactions with Huguely the day and night of Yeardley Love's death.

Former Virginia defenseman and 2010 Tewaaraton Award finalist Ken Clausen testified that when Huguely returned to the apartment he shared with fellow Cavaliers teammate Kevin Carroll after midnight on May 3, 2010, Huguely's "demeanor changed from inebriated belligerence to sullen silence," according to USA Today.

Clausen, who had just returned to the apartment from a beer run with Carroll, said he asked Huguely, "George, what's wrong with you?" three times. Huguely just started at the television, Clausen said.

Clausen and Carroll also asked Huguely where he had been, and he told them he was downstairs with two other lacrosse players and that one of them, Chris Clements, was drunk.

According to multiple media reports, Clausen said he knew that wasn't true because Clements had spent much of the day working on a term paper. "What he said wasn't adding up," Clausen said. There was "no reason to lie about something like that," he said.

Clements, a redshirt senior defenseman for the Virginia men's team that opens its season on the road at Drexel on Saturday afternoon, also testified Wednesday. He said he and his father played with Huguely and his father at a golf outing and that George Huguely was so drunk he couldn't finish every hole.

Clausen, a friend of Love's and a pallbearer at her funeral, also testified that teammates were concerned about the frequency of Huguely's drinking. Clausen said it was "getting to the point where it seemed kind of ridiculous." Huguely was, "more belligerent than the rest of us," he said.

Carroll, former Virginia midfielder Mikey Thompson, and former Virginia goaltender Will Bolton also testified for the prosecution, which rested its case Wednesday. Huguely's defense attorneys began their arguments Wednesday afternoon, starting by asking the judge to drop charges against Huguely. Judge Edward Hogshire refused.

The Virginia men's team, ranked No. 1 Lacrosse Magazine's preseason poll, plays on the road at Drexel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Philadelphia. The tenth-ranked Virginia women play No. 7 Loyola (Md.) on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

'Former teammates testify about Huguely's demeanor,'USA Today

'Defense files motion to drop charges; judge denies it,'The Baltimore Sun

'Friend says Huguely returned with 'blank stare,'' - via AP