Suspect told Va. police details of lacrosse player’s death
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Describing a scene of violent rage, the Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing a member of the women’s team told police he kicked in her bedroom door, shook her, and her head repeatedly hit the wall, according to a court document.
The suspect, 22-year-old George Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Md., has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love, also 22.
Huguely was not present at a court hearing yesterday, but he appeared via videoconference from Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, wearing a gray-striped uniform. Afterward, his lawyer, Francis Lawrence, told reporters that Love’s “death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome.’’
Lawrence said Huguely withdrew from the university. Huguely and Love were both seniors.
Late last night, Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage announced that both lacrosse teams will participate in the NCAA Tournament.
An affidavit for a search warrant said two people found Love, of Cockeysville, Md., face down in her bedroom early Monday morning, with a pool of blood on her pillow. There was a large bruise on her face and one eye was swollen shut, police said, and she was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to revive her.
According to the document, Huguely — listed in the Virginia men’s lacrosse media guide as 6 feet 2 inches and 209 pounds — told police “he was involved in an altercation with Yeardley Love and that during the course of the altercation he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall.’’
Huguely told police the two had been in a relationship “and that the relationship had ended,’’ according to the affidavit. Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said investigators are looking into whether Huguely had threatened Love.
Longo said there were no past police reports “of prior incidents; there’s no protective orders or restraining orders.’’
Police in Lexington, Va. — about 70 miles from Charlottesville — said in November 2008, Huguely was shocked with a stun gun by an officer after resisting arrest for public intoxication.