Defense Begins In Murder Trial Of Ex-U.Va. Player

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Left: Yeardley Love Right: George Huguely V  (Credit: University of Virginia / Charlottesville Police Department)

Left: Yeardley Love Right: George Huguely V (Credit: University of Virginia / Charlottesville Police Department)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — With the prosecution resting, attorneys for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player are returning to a Charlottesville courtroom to defend him against charges he killed his ex-girlfriend.

Attorneys for George Huguely V are due back in court Thursday to continue chipping away at medical testimony that implicates the Chevy Chase, Md., defendant in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. The suburban Baltimore woman and Huguely had a volatile relationship that prosecutors said ended in Love’s death when Huguely battered her in her Charlottesville apartment.

An autopsy concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Defense attorneys presented their first witnesses on Wednesday, and one said she was asphyxiated by lying in a bloody, damp pillow.

Wednesday, a former teammate, and one of the final witnesses for the prosecution testified Huguely had a “blank stare” on his face and lied about visiting friends hours before the battered body of Love was found.

Huguely has pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree murder and other counts.

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