Attorney Argues Yeardley Love's Death Not Caused by Beating

By: Jessica Jaglois (WCAV)
By: Jessica Jaglois (WCAV)
Defense attorneys in the Yeardley Love murder case asked a Charlottesville judge Wednesday for access to Love

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Defense attorneys in the Yeardley Love murder case asked a Charlottesville judge Wednesday for access to Love's medical records.

They say the cause of death is still inconclusive.

The medical examiner who performed Love's autopsy, Dr. Bill Gormley, testified in court Wednesday morning that the former University of Virginia lacrosse player's injuries were unusual.

While Love sustained blunt force injuries, her skull was not fractured.

Gormley explained he could not say, with certainty, if her death was caused by the alleged beating from ex-boyfriend George Huguely.

The defense is arguing that the 24 minutes of CPR performed by emergency personnel contributed to confusion on Love's autopsy report.

Jack Daniel, a forensic consultant who also testified Wednesday, said Love had Adderall in her system.

He said the presence of Adderall can make a person more susceptible to a heart arrhythmia and argued that Love died from cardiac arrhythmia, not blunt force trauma.

While Gormley agreed Love had a prescription for Adderall and had alcohol in her system, he said the amounts were not enough to have contributed to her death and stood by his conclusion that Love died from blunt force injuries.

After hearing testimony and arguments from both sides, the judge ruled that he will review the medical records and decide what can be used in court and what is not permissible.

While Huguely did not appear in court Wednesday, Love's mother, Sharon Love, was in attendance. In a letter presented to the court, she asked that her late daughter's medical records not be released.

Huguely, a 23-year-old former men's lacrosse player, faces first-degree murder charges in this case. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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