George Huguely's Lawyer: Yeardley Love's Death an Accident


The attorney for University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely says the death of Yeardley Love was a tragic accident but not intentional. Huguely is charged with first degree murder for the death of Love -- his ex-girlfriend and a player on the school's women's lacrosse team.

Following a bond hearing Tuesday, Huguely's attorney, Francis Lawrence, read a statement:

"Because this case involves an active, ongoing investigation, any comment on the specific facts would be inappropriate at this time. Until more information becomes available, it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case. However, we are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome. In the meantime, George is withdrawing from the University of Virginia and remains in the custody of authorities. Grief has descended on this community as we attempt to understand what happened and why. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who grieve this terrible loss."

Huguely appeared at the hearing through a video hook-up from jail. Reports say he looked "disheveled."

Love's roommate found the body in their apartment early Monday morning. Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said there were "obvious physical injuries to her body." They say no weapon was found. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

Longo said Huguely immediately became the focus of the investigation. He said they had been in a relationship but didn't say what the status of the relationship was at the time of Love's death.


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