Man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in lacrosse player’s death

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George Huguely V (WTVR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A jury recommended late Wednesday that a former University of Virginia lacrosse player should serve 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend and another year in prison for a grand larceny
charge.

A few hours earlier Wednesday, the jury found George Huguely V, 24, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love after about nine hours of deliberations. The suburban Baltimore woman was found dead in the bedroom of her Charlottesville
apartment in May 2010.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire, who is not bound by the jury’s recommendations, scheduled an April hearing for formal sentencing. Huguely’s head was bowed during sentencing.

Prosecutors said Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Md., killed the U.Va. women’s lacrosse player after a day of golf and binge drinking, incensed that she had had a relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player. Love’s right eye was bashed in and she was hit
with such power that her brain was bruised. She also had wrenching head injury that caused bleeding at the base of her brain stem.

A coroner concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Defense and prosecution experts offered different medical opinions on the lethal consequences of her injuries.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.