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More defense testimony before second delay in Huguely trial

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Five more defense witnesses testify in the murder trial of former UVA lacrosse player, George Huguely, before a second delay.

Huguely's attorney, Francis Lawrence told the court Huguely felt uncomfortable and not protected by not having his other attorney, Rhonda Quagliana here.

Lawrence said she's responsible for questioning two doctors she's prepped for testimony.

As the case moved forward today, jurors heard about a different side to Huguely.

It wasn't a good sign when Lawrence walked to court alone.   

Despite objections about continuing without his partner, Lawrence called five witnesses, including Huguely's aunt, who referred to the defendant as "Georgie."

That witness walked jurors through surveillance video from a Charlottesville bar some 24 hours before prosecutors said Yeardley Love was attacked in her bedroom. The woman testified Huguely and Love seemed cordial and were holding hands.

The prosecution said the two argued days earlier on April 27th, 2010 about two girls Huguely invited into his apartment.

Those girls also testified today about that same evening saying Love hit Huguely with her purse, that she appeared frustrated and angry with Huguely asking him if they were the girls he'd been texting.

After less than two hours of defense testimony, the judge asked Lawrence to check on Quagliana. He returned and said she's violently ill and asked to continue Saturday.

"The Commonwealth Attorney stood up very forcefully when the defense made a motion to continue the case and said that with every passing hour the commonwealth is being harmed," said Scott Goodman, a Charlottesville attorney watching the trial.

The judge wants to wrap the case by Saturday night.

Goodman believes it can be done.

"If the defense witnesses don't take more than an hour or two on Saturday morning then possibly the Commonwealth will have brief rebuttal, the jury could get the case after final argument on Saturday afternoon," said Goodman.

Court will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday. The judge wants to see a doctor's note from Quagliana.

A bio-mechanical consultant, who examined a piece of wall from Love's bedroom, also testified today. He told jurors there was no evidence a head came in contact with the wall. The prosecution said Love's head hit the wall when Huguely shook Love repeatedly.

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