After an almost ten-hour preliminary hearing Monday, the judge found probable cause in the George Huguely case. The case will now be heard by a grand jury.
Huguely faces six felony counts, including the murder of ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.
The grand jury is expected to take on the case April 18 to decide whether to formally indict Huguely on the six counts.
The preliminary hearing began Monday afternoon in Charlottesville Circuit Court.
The families of both Huguely and Yeardley Love were in attendance and sat on opposite sides of the courtroom.
The judge received a statement from Huguely and his defense attorneys but did not read it aloud.
The former University of Virginia lacrosse player waived his right to appear in person and was to appear via videoconference. However, the TV being used to transmit the picture was facing only the judge so others in the courtroom were unable to see Huguely's face or verify that he even appeared on the screen.
The defense began the court proceedings by outlining its evidence. They contend that Huguely did not have any intention or reason to kill his ex-girlfriend in the early hours of May 3, 2010.
Attorneys added that their client did not even know Love was dead. Huguely repeatedly asked police how she was doing.
The detective finally responded: "She's dead. You killed her, George."
Among the more than 20 witness subpoenaed by the defense were friends who attorneys said will testify that Huguely was drunk the night of May 2, 2010 but not angry.
The defense concluded its outline by saying no blood was found on the walls of Love's 14th Street apartment, where she was found dead after allegedly being attacked by Huguely.
They also said a hand written note from Huguely to Love was found in her bedroom.
It read: "You are my best friend."
The Commonwealth's first witness, Caity Whiteley, was with the former couple hours before Love's death. She told the court everyone was at Boylan Heights, a popular Corner bar, for a teammate's birthday.
Love's former roommate and UVA lacrosse teammate went on to say everyone was drinking, but that her childhood friend only had a few drinks and was not drunk.
Whiteley testified that Love was feeling tired at the bar and decided to go home, so the two walked back to their nearby apartment together.
Once Love was back home, Whiteley left to go back to Boylan Heights.
Whiteley said relationship between Huguely and Love was on-again-off-again, and he had been trying to get her back in the days before her death.
Since it was a preliminary hearing, there was not a lot of evidence presented.
"[It's] only a bare bones amount of evidence to show the judge that there's probable cause for the case to go forward," says defense attorney Scott Goodman.
Charlottesville rarely sees a case this high-profile. After Love was found dead, national media swarmed to the area.
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