Huguely jury dismissed for day after limited testimony

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UPDATED, 11:15 a.m.: The jury has been dismissed until Saturday morning. Defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana is still too ill to question medical experts, co-counsel Francis McQ. Lawrence told Judge Edward Hogshire. Lawrence said Quagliana had prepared those witnesses and he was not equipped to question them. The jury has been sent home for the day and court will resume Saturday if Quagliana has recovered. Two medical experts are expected to testify.

Attorneys in the case are slated to meet in court, without the jury, on Friday afternoon to work out administrative matters.

 

ORIGINAL POST, 11:57 a.m.: George Huguely V and Yeardley Love were friendly and holding hands at a bar about 24 hours before Love was killed, Huguely's aunt testified Friday at his murder trial.

The two University of Virginia lacrosse players appeared to be cordial at the bar late in the evening of May 1, 2010, Alina Massaro testified.

Huguely, 24, of Chevy Chase, is on trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court for Love's death. The 22-year-old from Cockeysville was found beaten in her bedroom shortly after 2 a.m. on May 3. The defense began presenting its case Wednesday.

Jurors saw a security tape from the bar, Boylan Heights, that showed the couple holding hands. Massaro and other relatives of Huguely were in Charlottesville that weekend for Huguely's lacrosse game and celebratory events for the team's seniors.

Jurors on Friday also heard from two high school students who were visiting U.Va. and witnessed a fight between Love and Huguely the week before the killing. One testified that she saw Love hit Huguely with her purse.

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