Closing Arguments in Lacrosse Murder Trial
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (CNN) — The defense and prosecution rested Saturday in the murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend.
After closing arguments, the judge had hoped to give the case to jurors, but they felt they were too tired to continue. The trial will resume Wednesday morning and deliberations are expected to begin shortly thereafter.
Defendant George Huguely officially waived his right to testify earlier in the day. He faces charges including first-degree murder in the May 2010 death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old senior who was also a lacrosse player.
Police were initially called to Love’s off-campus Charlottesville apartment by a roommate who reported “a possible alcohol overdose,” Police Chief Tim Longo said at the time.
A medical examiner later ruled that blunt force trauma killed Love, and authorities allege that Huguely caused it during an altercation.
His lawyers say that Love’s death was an accident.
Huguely has been held for nearly two years. If he’s convicted of involuntary manslaughter, the most time he could serve is 10 years.
Prosecutors, for their part, claim that Huguely followed through on his intentions to kill Love.
Earlier in the trial, Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Warner D. Chapman read e-mails exchanged between the two after Huguely heard Love had allegedly slept with someone else.
The defendant wrote, “I should have killed you,” and Love responded, “You should have killed me?” according to Chapman. Huguely responded that the pair should talk, Chapman said.
Chapman also told jurors that Love’s death was slow and painful, claiming she could have remained alive for a couple of hours after Huguely left her apartment. The defense similarly claims Love was alive when Huguely left.
Charlottesville Police Detective Lisa Reeves wrote in a sworn statement used to obtain a search warrant in the case that “George Huguely admitted on May 3, 2010, that he was involved in an altercation with Yeardley Love and, during the course of the altercation, he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall.”
Defense attorney Francis Lawrence has said there is no evidence that Love’s head hit a wall.
— InSession’s Michael Christian contributed to this report.