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Judge: Love's medical records will remain under seal

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In a Charlottesville court today, a judge decided that Yeardley Love's medical records will remain under seal until the judge can examine them himself to determine what should be shared.

New details are emerging about the case against former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely. He is accused of first degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend and fellow UVA lacrosse player, Yeardley Love.

Attorneys for Huguely have appeared in a Charlottesville court Wednesday morning.

The national spotlight is back on the case today as media outlets around the country have been reporting about a possible plea deal and that prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

She was a stunning fourth-year student and popular lacrosse player. He was equally well-liked and played for the men's team.

She was found in a pool of her own blood, beaten in her bed. He was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

The last hours of Yeardley Love's life -- and George Huguely's fight for his -- have made headlines around the world.

And now, according to a report in the Washington Examiner, plea deal negotiations have begun to prevent this case from ever going to trial.

"Rarely will a criminal defendant seek to speed up the process, if guilt is being contested," said NBC12 legal analyst Steven Benjamin.

Benjamin has no inside knowledge on this case, but said we will get a clearer picture of whether or not it will go to trial if the defense waives the preliminary hearing scheduled for January.

"That's a very important hearing for investigating the case," Benjamin said. "So, it's rare for a criminal defendant to waive a preliminary hearing."

According to court documents, Huguely will not appear at tomorrow's hearing.

His attorneys are trying to gain access to complete medical, treatment and prescription records for Yeardley Love from her doctors and from UVA.

Prosecutors argue that the records are protected under federal law and that investigators have not even seen those files.

A spokesperson for the Charlottesville Police Department also said today, that prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Huguely.

Huguely has been sitting in a Charlottesville jail cell for seven months.  He is not expected to appear in court with his attorneys tomorrow morning, but he does have another hearing scheduled for January 21.

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