Jury selected, opening arguments next in Huguely murder trial

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UPDATE, 10:38 a.m.: A jury has been sworn in. Seven men and 7 women were chosen to hear the case. Two of the jurors are alternates.

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Opening statements are slated to take place and the first witnesses are expected to be called in the trial of George Huguely V on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and other offenses in the May 2010 beating death of his former girlfriend, 22-year-old Yeardley Love.

Testimony will begin after a jury is seated. Jury selection has been a slow process in the high-profile case, as dozens of potential jurors have been questioned over the past two days about how much they know about the case, their experiences with domestic abuse and their ties to U-Va.

A pool of 160 prospective jurors has been narrowed to 28; the panel of 12 jurors and three alternates who will hear the case will be chosen Wednesday.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman said earlier this week that the prosecution's first witnesses will be Sharon Love, Yeardley Love's mother, and Lexie Love, the victim's sister.

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