January 11, 2011

New Charges Filed Against Huguely; Preliminary Hearing Postponed

from staff reports

Five new charges have been filed against George Huguely, the former University of Virginia men's lacrosse player being held without bond for the murder of former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

In addition to first-degree murder charges in the May 3 death of Love, his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors last week added charges of felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony and grand larceny. A preliminary hearing of the new charges was postponed. Lead prosecutor, Warner D. "Dave" Chapman, Commonwealth's Attorney for Charlottesville, agreed to continue the Jan. 21 hearing on the first-degree murder charge.

The original first-degree murder charge requires prosecutors to prove Huguely intended to kill Love when, according to a police report, he kicked down her door in the early hours May 3. Love was found dead with her eye swollen shut that morning. Huguely, arrested a few hours later, told police he repeatedly hit Love's head into a wall, according to affidavits.

Huguely, 23, remained at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and waived his right to appear in court to hear the new charges.

Click here for the latest coverage of the Huguely hearings by the Washington Post.

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