Judge certifies charges against George Huguely to a Grand Jury

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -A judge certified the charges against George Huguely to a Grand Jury. Huguely is the former UVA student accused of killing his girlfriend and UVA lacrosse star, Yeardley Love.

The hearing lasted 9 hours with nearly 30 witnesses. George Huguely was never in the courtroom, he waived his right to be there. Testimony revealed that Huguely had been drinking all day, since 9 a.m. the day of Love's death.

Friends and family of Yeardley Love and George Huguely entered the courtroom Monday and sat through hours and hours of testimony, documenting a tumultuous 4-year-long relationship between the pair.

Huguely's attorneys said, "George did not intend to kill Love the night of May 2nd."

She was found by her roommate around 2 a.m. May 3rd, lying in a pool of blood, face down on her bed. The bedroom door had a hole smashed in it. Love's eye was swollen shut, her chin scraped. Friends, police, even paramedics tried to revive her, but never found a heartbeat.

Police say Huguely was picked up for questioning and had bruises on his knuckles and a cut on his arm. He told police he took her laptop which they found in a dumpster.

Attorneys for Huguely say he did not even know Love was dead. He found out from police and became hysterical. Saying, "I never did anything that could do that to her."

"This was a probable cause hearing to determine if there is just enough evidence to allow this case to proceed. The level of proof is very low. Today's testimony began to correct and clarify several misimpression about this case. And the remaining testimony and information will come out at trial," said Rhonda Quagliana, one of Huguely's defense attorneys after the hearing.

The medical examiner said Love's death was difficult to pinpoint but ruled she died of blunt force injuries. He said an injury like this could have been caused by one swift blow to the head, an object striking the head, even a fall.

This case is now headed to a Grand Jury which meets in Charlottesville next week.

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