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Attorney’s Illness Delays Trial Start, Judge Expects Case Completed Soon

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — An ailing defense attorney has delayed the start of a former University of Virginia’s lacrosse player’s murder trial in Charlottesville.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire said he expects to resume the trial of George Huguely V at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. He also told jurors he expects the brunt of the case could be completed later Thursday, with jurors getting the case by the weekend.

Defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence said he expects co-counsel Rhonda Quagliana will rebound from her illness by noon. The prosecution rested yesterday, and it is the defense’s turn to call witnesses to the stand.

Huguely is accused in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. The body of the 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman was found battered in her apartment bedroom after what prosecutors say was one final, violent encounter.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and other counts.

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