May 5, 2010

UVA Lax Murder: New Evidence; President Speaks

from staff reports | updated 05/05/10 at 7:36 p.m.

It's day three of the University of Virginia lacrosse murder case that has cast a pall on the sport and engulfed it in a wave of national and global media attention.

UVA women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, was found dead early Monday morning in her off-campus house. Her alleged killer, UVA men's lacrosse player George Huguely, also 22, was arrested shortly thereafter.

There was a flurry of activity Tuesday in the case against Huguely. An affidavit filed with a search warrant said police found Love face down in her bedroom with a pool of blood on her pillow, a large bruise on her face and one eye swollen shut. Police said that Huguely, currently the only suspect in the case, told them he had an altercation with Love and had kicked in the door.

Details of that altercation, according to the affidavit, included Huguely admitting to violently shaking Love and repeatedly slamming her head into a wall.

Earlier Tuesday, Huguely's lawyer, Francis Lawrence, said the death was not intentional. "We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," Lawrence told reporters.

Details also surfaced of a prior arrest on Huguely's record. Huguely was reportedly tasered while resisting arrest during an alcohol-related incident on the campus of Washington & Lee in November 2008, according to a Lexington, Va., police officer. UVA officials said in a press conference Wednesday that they had no knowledge of that arrest. According to the Washington Post, Huguely told the arresting officer, "I'll kill you. I'll kill all of y'all. I'm not going to jail," the officer said. She added that Huguely used racial, sexual and other vulgar terms.

Also in the press conference, UVA president John Casteen said Love's family supported both lacrosse teams' decision to make their anticipated NCAA tournament appearances.

A police search of Huguely's apartment Wednesday revealed a letter to Love and a red-stained Virginia lacrosse t-shirt, according to the Post.

Meanwhile, the Virginia campus and lacrosse communities are looking to restore a sense of normalcy. UVA's student council has planned a candlelight vigil starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The vigil will be streamed live on nbc29.com.

Check back to LMO for links and video coverage of the events in Charlottesville.

Links:
* Eight UVA Players Have Been Charged with Alcohol-Related Offense (Washington Post)
* Huguely's Prior Arrest Not Known by UVA (AP)
* Search Finds Letter to Victim in Lacrosse Slaying (AP)
* Love's Family Supported Teams' Decision to Play (NPR)
* Virginia Lacrosse Player's Death Stuns Campus Community (USA Today)
* Cavaliers Play On as Murder Case Unfolds (Lacrosse Magazine Online)
* Lambrecht: Cloud Envelops Virginia Lacrosse (Lacrosse Magazine Online)
* Virginia Lacrosse Teams Dealing with Tragedy (Baltimore Sun)
* Huguely Tasered During 2008 Arrest, Say Police (CBS News)
* NDP Wins One for Yeardley Love (Baltimore Sun Blog)
* Affidavit: UVA Player Shook, Hit Victim Repeatedly (AP)
* Murder and Sport Don't Mix (Boston Globe Blog)
* Five Reasons Why UVA Lacrosse Is Playing Games (Baltimore Sun Blog)


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