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Huguely jury begins deliberations

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Virginia,Crime,Emily Babay

UPDATED, 4:02 p.m.: The jurors sent a third note, asking to see an exhibit that had not yet been sent to the jury room because it wasn't initialed by the judge. The exhibit appears to be a handwritten note Huguely wrote to Love. The jury didn't clarify its earlier note on seemingly contradictory jury instructions.

UPDATED 3:20 p.m.: The jury sent a second note, saying one part of the jury instructions contradicts another part. The judge asked them for further clarification.

UPDATED 11:02 a.m.: The jury sent Judge Edward Hogshire a note at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, asking for the definition of "reason" as used in jury instructions. Hogshire sent a note back that said "reason" had no special meaning beyond its ordinary use.

Original story:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The jury deciding the fate of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V has started deliberations.

The Charlottesville Circuit Court jury began deliberating at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Testimony in the 24-year-old from Chevy Chase's murder trial finished Saturday.

Huguely is accused of killing 22-year-old Yeardley Love, his former girlfriend who was also a U.Va. student and lacrosse player, in May 2010.

The jury could convict him of a range of homicide offenses, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Huguely is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery, burglary, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and grand larceny.

Two female jurors who heard testimony in the trial were selected by lottery as alternates. The panel deliberating has seven men and five women.

Shortly after deliberations began Wednesday, the jury asked to see his taped statement to police and other exhibits.

 
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