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Jury selection moving slowly in George Huguely trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT)- Jury selection is moving along slowly in the high profile George Huguely murder trial.

Huguely is charged with first degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend and UVA lacrosse player, Yeardley Love.

 At last check, more than a dozen jurors had made the first cut.

Some key points during the line of questioning: domestic violence and alcohol use.

Attorneys wanted to see if jurors had been impacted by both and whether that would impact a verdict.

A seemingly slimmer Huguely sat attentively alongside his attorneys, at times jotting down notes.  He rarely made eye contact with his own family.

Just feet away, Love's mother and sister-- all wearing the color pink in some form or fashion.

The raw emotion apparent from across the room as Huguely pleaded not guilty to each of the six charges against him, including first degree murder.

Love died from blunt force trauma nearly two years ago.

She was found bloodied and battered in her own bed.

 A search warrant revealed Huguely told police he kicked in her bedroom door and shook her causing her head to repeatedly hit a wall.

 The initial call came in as a possible alcohol overdose.

As attorneys narrowed the jury pool-- questions surfaced about alcohol use.

The defense asked jurors if told intoxication was a defense for first degree murder, would they see it as an excuse or could they follow the law.

Jurors answered the latter.

The defense has said Love''s death was a tragic accident.

There's a gag order for attorneys on both sides.

You also won't see Huguely walking in and out of court--- until the jury is seated.

Possible witnesses include various doctors and law enforcement experts.

Love's mom and sister --- as well as Huguely's father could also take the stand.

Jury selection resumes in the morning.

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