UVA Lacrosse Murder Case: Team Attempts To Focus On Upcoming NCAA Tournament

UVA lacrosse player George Huguely has been arrested for murder following the death of Yeardley Love, a female lacrosse player at the same university.

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UVA Coach Dom Starsia Happy To Focus On NCAA Lacrosse Championship Following Tragedy

With the 2010 NCAA lacrosse championship field being announced Sunday night (UVA is the No. 1 seed), head coach Dom Starsia said he was happy to once again be able to focus his attention on the field in the wake of the tragedy:

“It’s hard to put into words what this week has been like, tragic on so many different levels,” he said. “I was glad to be able to at least consider the lacrosse piece of this again, both on the field dealing with the team and talking about lacrosse this evening.”

Starsia said he doesn’t know if a sense of normalcy will ever return to the lacrosse program at UVA.

The team plays its first game of the tournament on Saturday night. Starsia isn’t expected to join the team until Thursday; he is attending the funeral of his father this week, who passed away last Friday.

As for the women’s team, they too are gearing up for the lacrosse championship. Following the funeral for Yeardley Love in Maryland on Sunday, the team held a practice at Notre Dame prep, where Love attended high school. More than 40 UVA alumni and family were in attendance to support the team.

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Police Search George Huguely's Apartment, Uncover Letter To Yeardley Love, Red-Stained T-Shirt

Court documents were filed today which revealed a police search of George Huguely’s residence to have yielded a love letter to Yeardley Love, as well as a UVA Lacrosse t-shirt that had a red stain on it, according to the Daily Progress out of Charlottesville.

In addition to the articles above, Charlottesville investigators also seized two laptops, a notebook, and various other personal effects from Huguely’s residence. They also collected DNA from a number of sources in the apartment, including Huguely’s bathtub, the kitchen, a trash can, and the entryway to the apartment.

The search warrant allowed for the seizure of the following:

any paper, cloth, clothing, shoes or other item that may contain blood or other bodily fluid; trace evidence such as, but not limited to, biological fluids and fingerprints; photographs, writings and documents related to Yeardley Love; computers and electronic storage devices

And indeed, despite Huguely’s reported confession to an “altercation” with Ms. Love, it seems that Charlottesville police will leave no stone unturned as they set about making a case against Huguely.

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Police: Yeardley Love Received Death Threats From George Huguely

Details in the Yeardley Love-George Huguely murder investigation continue to emerge, each one helping to piece together the tragic events early Sunday morning.

The latest from Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo is that Love may have received death threats from Huguely.

“Part of what we’ll be gathering in our discussions with friends and family is the extent to which [threats] took place and the context in which that took place,” Longo said. He added, “It’s trying to corroborate them through as many sources as we can.”

According to an affidavit, Huguely told police he communicated with Love via email, and later stole her computer and “disposed” of it. After being arrested, he told the police where the computer was, and they were able to recover it.

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PDF: Copy Of Affidavit Used In Yeardley Love-George Huguely Murder Investigation

We updated this StoryStream earlier with the ugly details from the court documents stemming from the Yeardley Love-George Huguely murder investigation, but we now have the complete PDF file of the affidavit.

You can read the full document here, which describes how the witnesses found Love, and also explains how Huguely admitted to shaking her the night of her death.

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UVA Lacrosse Seasons Will Go On Following Death Of Yeardley Love

As the investigation continues into UVA men's lacrosse player George Huguely's alleged murder of UVA women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, there's another, far more trivial matter at hand. What about the Men's and Women's lacrosse teams waiting to play the NCAA Tournament?

From Charlottesville, the Daily Progress reports that both teams met yesterday and decided that they'll continue their season and compete in the NCAA Tournament later this month. The women's team is ranked in the top 5 nationally, while the men are considered title favorites, and will enter the tournament as the nation's top seed.

Obviously, nothing's set in stone and this decision could change, but for the time being, it looks like UVA will play, no doubt with a heavy heart, and in honor of Yeardley Love's memory.

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Gruesome Details Of Yeardley Love-George Huguely Murder Case Revealed In Court Documents

Warrants and affidavits filed in a Charlottesville court describe the gruesome condition in which Yeardley Love was found early Sunday morning, according to two witnesses quoted in the documents.

Love was discovered face down on her pillow in a pool of blood, according to the witnesses. And, according to the responding police, there was a large bruise on her face which appeared to be caused by “blunt force trauma.” Additionally, Love’s right eye was swollen shut, and she had other marks on her chin.

George Huguely waived his Miranda rights and reportedly admitted to police that he did shake Love the night of her death, and that the shaking forced her head to hit the wall several times. Huguely also confessed to kicking in the door to her bedroom.

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Lawyer: Death Of UVA Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Was 'Accident'

Defense lawyer Francis Lawrence, who is representing UVA lacrosse player George Huguely, claims that his client did not murder fellow student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love, but that her death was the result of an accident.

Speaking to reporters outside of a Charlottesville courthouse Tuesday morning, Lawrence read the following:

“Until more information becomes available, it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case. We are confident that Ms. Love’s death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome.”

Aside from this development, there have been no new details about the case made public by the police.

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George Huguely Has Criminal Record; Guilty Of Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication In '09

We certainly don’t want to imply that a misdemeanor could be in some way connected to UVA lacrosse player George Huguely allegedly murdering Yeardley Love, but he does have a criminal past. Which is relevant, regardless of how serious it is.

According to court documents from Rockbridge County, VA, George Huguely was convicted of resisting arrested and public intoxication in 2009 stemming from an incident in November of 2008. The punishment was six months probation and a $100 fine.

See screencaps of the documents below.

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UVA Lacrosse Hangs In Balance Following Murder Of Yeardley Love

Not to lose sight of the real story here, which is the tragic murder of an innocent 22-year-old woman, but there is the issue of what will happen to the male and female UVA lacrosse teams this season.

Both teams are among the best in the country, with the men currently ranked No. 1 and the women at No. 4. Their regular seasons have concluded, and postseason play in the NCAA Tournament is set to begin in the coming weeks. So, in the light of the this tragedy and the fallout to come, will both teams continue with their season?

There was an early rumor on Twitter, apparently started by a now-deleted tweet from ESPN’s Quint Kessenich, that UVA had cancelled lacrosse for the remainder of the season. But according to the university, that is false, and they are still deciding how to proceed. Apparently, the respective coaches will meet with their players, with the women’s squad expected to gather at 6 p.m. Monday evening.

We’ll keep you updated as news emerges.

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UVA Lacrosse Player Charged With Homicide In Death Of Female Lacrosse Player

A senior lacrosse player at the University of Virginia was charged with first degree homicide Monday, the Washington Post reports. George Huguely, 22, is suspected of murdering Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old female lacrosse player. It's believed that the two had a romantic history.

The crime was initially reported around 2 a.m. on Monday morning, when police found Love in her bed and quickly determined that, given the signs of force, this was a homicide. Police were at Huguely's apartment by 6 a.m., at which point he was taken into custody. And, as reported, he's since been charged with homicide.

Though the investigation is still in the early stages and authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo offered the following statement. Via Charlottesville's CBS affiliate:

There was obvious physical injury to [Love's] body... Detectives and forensic personnel spent the better part of the morning at the scene. George Huguely... became the focus of our investigation. Suffice it to say, probable cause existed to take him into custody. Once an autopsy is conducted, we'll have more information regarding the specific cause of death. To my knolwedge, there is no weapon involved at this point. These are two young people that stood at the threshold of the rest of their lives, and this is very difficult on their families. It's difficult for the entire university community. There's a lot of people hurting after this.

University of Virginia president, John Casteen III, offered this statement:

"Although we know nothing other than what appears in the Charlottesville Police Department's more recent statement, this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise, and we express the University's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, team-mates, and friends. That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her. We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."

Stay tuned for updates, but obviously, it's an unspeakable tragedy for the victim, her family, and everyone in the UVA community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.

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