Sports

George Huguely Defense: Yeardley Love Didn't Die from Attack

| by Alex Groberman

The attorneys defending former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely are apparently asking for Yeardley Love’s medical records in an effort to show that prescription drugs led to her death.

Huguely, of course, has been charged with beating the 22-year-old Love to death during an argument.

Love was found on May 4 laying in a pool of blood in her apartment with one eye swollen and a large bruise on her face. Authorities concluded the damage to her face was caused by “blunt force trauma.”

Huguely was charged with first-degree murder shortly thereafter. According to reports, he allegedly forced his way into Love’s bedroom where he shook her and violently slammed her head against the wall repeatedly.

On Wednesday, the defense attorneys for Huguely requested a Charlottesville judge grant them access to Love’s medical records. The attorneys believe the cause of her death is still inconclusive -- and that perhaps Love died from a lack of oxygen brought on by an irregular heartbeat -- rather than blunt-force trauma.

Forensic consultant Jack Daniel testified Wednesday that Love had Adderall in her system at the time of her death. As such, Daniel argued that Love died from cardiac arrhythmia, not blunt force.

However, Dr. Bill Gormley, the medical examiner who performed Love’s autopsy argued the amount of Adderall in Love’s system was not enough to kill her. He, in turn, said she had to have died from blunt force injuries.

A Charlottesville judge is reviewing the defense attorney’s request. Love’s mother, Sharon Love, has asked -- via letter to the court -- that her daughter’s records not be released.

Love was an accomplished women’s lacrosse player at the University of Virginia.