September 25, 2010

Judge Moves Huguely Hearing to January

from staff reports

Judge Robert H. Downer, Jr. set January 21 as the date for the preliminary hearing for George Huguely (Chevy Chase, Md./Landon School), the former member of the University of Virginia men's lacrosse team who is accused of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Yeardley Love (Cockeysville, Md./Notre Dame Prep), who was a member of the university's women's lacrosse team.

Huguely was originally scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on June 10, but it had been rescheduled for October 7. The judge also denied requests from local media to permit cameras in the courtroom during the hearing.

The Virginia state medical examiner's office determined in early July that Love died as a result of blunt force injury to her head, and her death was officially ruled to be a homicide at that time. She died in her Charlottesville, Va. apartment. Police reports indicate that Huguely was aware that Love was injured when he left her apartment. On May 3, at the Charlottesville Police Department, he was advised of and waived his Miranda rights and admitted that he was involved in an altercation with Love in which he shook her and "her head repeatedly hit the wall."

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