Huguely Trial: Jury deliberations begin Wednesday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT)- No verdict yet in the murder trial of former UVA lacrosse player, George Huguely. The jury will begin deliberations next Wednesday morning at 9:00.

Huguely is accused of beating to death his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love.

After closing arguments ended late Saturday, the judge asked the jury if it wanted to stay and begin deliberations, but jurors said some were extremely tired.

They now have three days off before deciding this high profile case.

The Charlottesville Circuit courthouse emptied about 7:00 Saturday evening after the 11th trial day with some testimony and closing statements.

Huguely's defense attorney asked jurors to carefully consider involuntary manslaughter after repeatedly saying his client did not intend to kill Love in May 2010.

In his lengthy remarks, Francis Lawrence told the jury it's never been their position that Huguely bears no responsibility but that a combination of Love's injuries and alcohol led to her death.

Lawrence said Huguely was stupid drunk but not calculated and all he wanted to do was talk to Love and thought Love only had a nose bleed.

The prosecution said what kind of a conversation starter is kicking in Love's door, that that is the beginning of terror.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman said Love didn't move substantially after she was injured and Huguely knew she was hurt badly.

As Chapman showed jurors a series of pictures of Love's bruised face, Love's sister, Lexie, caught a flash of one image. She dropped her head and cried.

Since Monday is a holiday and the grand jury meets on Tuesday, the judge said the next best day would be Wednesday to resume the trial. That's when deliberations will start, at 9am.

Huguely is facing six charges, including first degree murder.

If convicted, the sentencing phase begins right after the verdict is announced.

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