Murder Scene Described in Court Documents

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email
The search warrant in the murder case involving two University of Virginia students, who were also lacrosse players, describes a gruesome scene at the victim

Courtesy: UVA Athletics

The search warrant in the murder case involving two University of Virginia students, who were also lacrosse players, describes a gruesome scene at the victim's apartment.

Fourth-year student 22-year-old Yeardley Love was found by her two roommates face down on her bed. She was laying in a pool of blood, according to an affidavit.

It also explains one of her eyes was swollen shut, and there were several bruises and scrapes on her chin. It describes a large bruise on the right side of her face that may have been caused by blunt force trauma.

The document indicates 22-year-old George Huguely told police he swung Love by her neck, shook her and then slammed her head against the wall several times.

Police have said Huguely and Love had a romantic relationship at one point, but investigators don't know the status of that relationship when Love died.

The warrant indicates Huguely kicked in the door to Love's bedroom in the apartment on 14th Street NW in Charlottesville that she shared with two other roommates. Police say he also admitted to having an altercation with her.

The court document also indicates Huguely took her computer and then later told police about it and lead them to its location. It is now in police possession as evidence in the case.

Huguely appeared in Charlottesville courtroom via video-link from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He was heard only once to thank the judge.

After the hearing, Huguely's defense attorney, Francis Lawrence, commented, "Until more information is available, it is our hope that no conclusion be drawn or judgment made about George in this case."

Huguely doesn't deny involvement in the incident, but he insists it was not a crime.

Lawrence said, "We are confident that Miss Love' death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome."

His next court date is set for June.

Police in Charlottesville say there are no reports of prior episodes involving Huguely and Love. However, they are investigating whether or not he made threats to her.

At this time, police are talking to friends, relatives and teammates of both players to see how much truth there is to reports of threats.

Huguely has withdrawn from the men's lacrosse team and the university.

Both Love and Huguely were set to graduate in just a few weeks.

Information from the Associated Press is included in this report.


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