Jury Deliberations Begin Wednesday in Huguely Trial
Jury deliberations will begin in the George Huguely trial on Wednesday, after a three-day hiatus in the proceedings for President's Day weekend and another day Tuesday to accommodate the Charlottesville Circuit Court schedule.
The trial, originally expected to last two weeks, has stretched a bit longer. The trial was delayed for two days because one of Huguely's defense attorneys was sick and unable to appear in court.
Closing arguments were held Saturday and, as they were, both the Virgina men's and women's lacrosse teams played their season-openers. The Virginia women defeated Loyola, 14-9, in Charlottesville, and the top-ranked Virginia men held off Drexel, 9-8, in West Philadelphia.
Huguely pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery, burglary, entering a house with intent to commit a felony and grand larceny. If convicted of first-degree murder, Huguely faces life in prison. If the jury finds Huguely guilty on any of the charges, it will recommend a sentence that judge Edward Hogshire can accept or lower, but not increase.
Prosecutors say Huguely committed first-degree, premeditated murder in Yeardley Love's death. The defense says Huguely played "a role," but said he had only gone to talk to her the night of her death and she was alive when Huguely left her apartment. The defense asked the jury to consider an involuntary manslaughter charge, which carries a 10-year maximum.
Also, as The Washington Post reports Tuesday, "the jurors also will weigh felony murder — an unintentional killing during the commission of a separate felony — which also carries a possible life sentence. Prosecutors have focused on this charge, pointing out Huguely's admission that as he left Love's room, he took her laptop with him."
Court will reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The jury – 12 jurors and two alternates, seven men and seven women – will begin deliberations, but it's unknown when a verdict will be reached.
'In limbo, Huguely jury must avoid distractions,' – The Baltimore Sun
'Huguely trial could come down to details on videotape,' – The Washington Post