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posted 04.18.2011 at 5.11 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

George Huguely Trial to Begin in 2012

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely was indicted Monday by a grand jury on six charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of Yeardley Love.

The grand jury said Huguely should stand trial on the charges, and the two-week trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va., according to various media reports.

Huguely will face charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with intent to commit a felony and grand larceny in Love's May 3 death. The murder charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

One of Huguely’s attorneys and a prosecutor were in Charlottesville court Monday morning to discuss a date for the trial.

Commonwealth attorney Dave Chapman said in court that he “strongly preferred” to have the case heard in the fall, noting that it had been almost a year since Love’s death, according to The News Virginian.

Francis McQ. Lawrence, one of Huguely’s defense attorneys, said in court that there still are some issues in the case to be worked out, and the attorneys in the case will need to work 90 days before the trial to make sure that they are ready for it, The News Virginian reported.

The attorneys weren't able to schedule a date in 2011 due to other trials, personal obligations and holidays.

The trial is scheduled for Feb. 6-17, 2012. Motions in the case are scheduled to be heard Nov. 7.

Huguely, 23, has been in jail since his arrest May 3 of last year.


The Washington Post: Huguely indicted on first-degree charges in Va.

The Baltimore Sun: Huguely indicted on first-degree, felony murder charges

The News Virginian: George Huguely indicted on multiple charges Huguely murder trial set for February 6