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posted 02.08.2012 at 5.50 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Testimony Begins, Details Emerge in Huguely Trial

Details began to emerge Wednesday about the events involved in the first-degree murder trial of George Huguely, accused in the May 2010 death of former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

A series of email exchanges between Huguely, the former Virginia men's lacrosse player, and Love in the months before Love's death were part of the prosecution's case, according to various media reports out of Charlottesville, Va. In one of the messages cited, a few days before Love's death Huguely accused Love in an email of having a relationship with a University of North Carolina lacrosse player, prosecutor Dave Chapman said.

"I should have killed you," the email from Huguely said, according to Chapman. Love showed the email to her teammates, the prosecutor said.

Chapman told jurors that the April 30 message was among several in an angry series between the on-again-off-again couple, The Washington Post said. One of Love's two roommates, lacrosse player Kaitlin Duff, was among those to testify Wednesday. She spoke about when Love found out Huguely had been seeing another woman, and the discussion among members of the Cavaliers women's team about emails between Huguely and Love, according to the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress.

Opening statements began Wednesday, shortly after a jury was selected, and statements concluded by mid-afternoon in what is expected to be a two-week trial. The circumstances and cause of Love's death and Huguely's role in it were disputed by the prosecution and defense. Three of Love's relatives – her mother, older sister and a cousin – testified as expected, at several points crying.

Huguely's attorneys said he was drunk the night Love died and was incapable of plotting to kill her. The Associated Press reported that defense attorney Francis Lawrence said Huguely is not a calculating criminal.

"He's not complicated. He's not complex. He's a lacrosse player," Lawrence said.

The trial continues Thursday, and it remains to be seen who will be called to testify. As the proceedings unfold, the Virginia men's lacrosse team has said current players will not be made available to the media until after the Cavaliers Feb. 18 game at Drexel.