Search warrant: UVA student was found face down in pool of blood

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) – The University of Virginia men's lacrosse player charged with murder was in court this morning and his lawyer says it was an accident.

George Huguely, 22, was arrested Monday hours after Yeardley Love's body was found in her apartment. Huguely, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder. The two were both lacrosse players and had been in a relationship. Police say they plan to interview other players and friends about that relationship.

According to court documents, new details have emerged about her death.

Love was found by her roommates face down on her pillow in a pool of blood. She had a large bruise and cut on the right side of her face and her right eye was swollen shut.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Huguely admitted to police that he was involved in a fight with Love. He admitted going through an unlocked front door, then kicking in her bedroom door. He also admitted that during the course of the fight, he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall.

Huguely told police he had written Love an email. According to the warrant, he stole her computer from her apartment and got rid of it. Police say he later helped them find it.

Defense lawyer Francis Lawrence said he was confident Love's death was not intentional.

"Until more information becomes available, it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case," Lawrence said Tuesday, reading a statement to reporters outside a courthouse. "We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome."

Lawrence did not elaborate and said he would have no further comment.

Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Md., appeared by videoconference Tuesday at a court hearing, wearing a gray-striped jail uniform. He appeared shaken and unshaven. He did not speak during the proceeding between his lawyers and the judge. There was no discussion of bond for him.

Huguely's parents and stepfather were in the courtroom. They left the courthouse through a back entrance without talking to reporters.

Police have released few details in the case. They have said investigators planned to interview fellow players and friends about the nature of the relationship.

Huguely is scheduled to be back in court June 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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