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U.Va. senior's face bloodied, blackened when police found her

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Local,Hayley Peterson

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Blood was dripping from University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love's nose when George Huguely IV shoved her onto the bed where she was later found dead and half-naked, according to police documents released Thursday.

Love, 22, was found dead in her Charlottesville apartment in the early hours of May 3, and Huguely, her former boyfriend and fellow U.Va. lacrosse player, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Love's pillow was soaked with blood when police arrived on the scene and she was wearing only panties, Charlottesville Detective Lisa Reeves wrote in a search warrant released Thursday. The right side of Love's face was blackened with a large bruise, and her right eye was swollen shut -- injuries which "appeared to have been caused by blunt force trauma," Reeves wrote. Her chin also was covered in scrapes and bruises.

The Virginia Chief Medical Examiner's Office ruled Love's death a homicide on Thursday and determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Huguely, 22, a Chevy Chase resident and former Landon School lacrosse player, told police he kicked a hole through Love's locked bedroom door on the night she died and found her wearing a T-shirt and panties, the search warrant said.

Huguely said an "altercation" ensued, during which he shook the 115-pound Love while her head repeatedly hit a wall.

He said he noticed blood coming from Love's nose during the fight and noted she was still clothed when he pushed her onto her bed and left the apartment.

The black T-shirt friends said Love wore that night appeared in crime scene photos, lying next to the bed about two feet from her body. But the shirt didn't turn up when police searched Love's apartment two days later.

During the search, police stripped Love's bed and found blood on the sheets, pillows, comforter and bed skirt. Police also obtained towels with red stains and took swabs from a stain on the wall.

During a search of Huguely's apartment -- which was several doors down from Love's -- police found a letter addressed to Love and a white University of Virginia lacrosse T-shirt with a red stain. Police also found Love's laptop, which Huguely said he stole and hid the night she died. Huguely said he and Love had been communicating via e-mail.

Huguely is being held without bail in 23-hour solitary confinement in the Albemarle County Jail. He is given one hour a day to make phone calls and bathe.

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