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Huguely indicted on first-degree murder charge

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Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V was indicted by a grand jury Monday on six charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of fellow lacrosse player and former girlfriend Yeardley Love.

Besides first-degree murder, Huguely, 23, is facing charges of felony murder, robbery, burglary, entering a house with intent to commit a felony, and grand larceny.

The Chevy Chase resident, a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda, is accused of brutally slaying Love and leaving her to die in her apartment in May 2010.

Police arrested Huguely hours after officers found Love's body, bruised and bloodied with her right eye swollen shut, lying facedown in her Charlottesville apartment.

Huguely told police he fought with Love the night she died and shook her while her head hit the wall, according to police documents. Huguely also admitted he saw blood dripping from Love's nose before he pushed her onto her bed, stole her computer and left.

Huguely's defense team has argued that Love's death was an accident.

"We think the evidence shows that he had no intention of killing Ms. Love," said defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence at a hearing last week.

Huguely was unaware that Love, 22, had died and was shocked by the news, Lawrence added.

Friends of both Huguely and Love testified that the couple was constantly fighting up until the final days before Love's death.

The first-degree murder charges against Huguely are one step down from the death penalty and carry a minimum 20 years to life in prison.

Huguely's family wants to keep the case from playing out in courts and a settlement is likely in the works, according to sources close to the family.

He has been held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail since his arrest.

Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire set a trial date for Feb. 6, 2012. A motions hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

bhughes@washingtonexaminer.com

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