Huguely, Love letters given to jury
Exchanges between George Huguely and Yeardley Love were handed over to jurors on Monday during day six of the emotional trial.
Huguely, a former University of Virginia student and lacrosse player is on trial for the 2010 murder of former girlfriend and lacrosse player Love.
Week two of the trial began when members of the jury were given a handwritten letter from Huguely to Love. Charlottesville Police recovered it from a drawer in Love's bedroom after her death. Jurors also read an email chain, including a caustic exchange between Huguely and Love.
Only the jury, judge and attorneys were privy to the exact content. Earlier in the morning before the jury was seated, a media attorney pleaded to have the evidence in this trial made available for court observers to see as it was presented.
Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman responded saying to show their exhibits would be "incredibly intrusive and burdensome.”
Monitors in the courtroom that were displaying the evidence were turned away from the public, including the media. Judge Edward Hogshire agreed with prosecutors saying "this is the way it's always been done here.”
Some court observers, however, said the evidence should be presented to the public.
“If it's a public trial, it should be available to everyone to see,” says trial observer Sonya Swiderski.
However, during the D.C. sniper trials in 2003 in both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, the public was allowed to view the evidence as it was presented in court.
Also on Monday, a police officer testified that Huguely had bruises and scrapes on his legs, arms and knuckles hours after her body was found. Patrolman Jeremy Carper testified in Charlottesville Circuit Court about police photographs he took of Huguely on May 3, 2010, the day 22-year-old Yeardley Love was found dead in her apartment bedroom of blunt-force trauma.
Under questioning by prosecutor David Chapman, Carper described visible injuries on Huguely that included scrapes on his forearms and legs and bruised or reddened knuckles.
Huguely was wearing shorts the night Love was found dead. During testimony last week, the first detective to question Huguely about Love's slaying asked him about bruised knuckles she had seen and he said they were the result of playing lacrosse.
Last week’s testimony included the Friday showing of a taped interview in which Huguely is informed of Love's death, after which he repeatedly states that he didn't do anything that would have killed her.
In Huguely’s taped interview with police in Charlottesville after they had discovered Love's body, he was shocked to hear of her death. When detectives informed him, Huguely repeated over and over, "She's dead, shes dead?"
Then he said, "I didn't hurt her. I want to see her. I don't believe you." He then dissolved into sobs.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.