U.Va. murder trial: Second day of testimony
George Huguely was escorted into the courthouse wearing handcuffs Thursday to face hearing difficult testimony from his own UVA lacrosse teammates during the second day of testimony in his murder trial.
Teammate Tim Fuchs described seeing Huguely with his arm around murder victim Yeardley Love’s throat, in a chokehold. She had cried, “help me, help me,” and ran from Huguely’s bedroom, hysterical.
This happened three months before love was found dead in her off campus apartment. Huguely faces first-degree murder and five other charges in the May 2010 death of Love.
Fuchs had broken up the violence with Mike Burns, a University of North Carolina lacrosse player and someone with whom Love had occasional romantic encounters, including the night of the choking incident.
Burns said Love thanked him and Fuchs for saving her. Prosecutors showed that Huguely was increasing abusive in his on again off again relationship with Love, where jealous tantrums happened between both.
Another lacrosse teammate, Brian Carroll, said Huguely’s drinking had become such a concern that team was going to stage an intervention after the season was over.
Defense attorneys say Huguely never meant to kill Love the night of May 3, 2010, that he was drunk and had intentions to make up with her, not harm her.
Earlier in the day, a first responder who arrived on the scene to the Love murder scene testified Thursday that the initial call was for an alcohol overdose - but the actual scene was "nowhere near the report given.”
Officer K.W. Blackwell told the court that as soon as he saw the battered and bloodied condition of Love's body, he said, "I knew it was nowhere near the report given.” He said paramedics arrived within a minute after he started CPR on Love.
The efforts to try to resuscitate Love lasted almost 25 minutes. One EMT testified that there had never been any sign of life in Yeardley Love.
As the descriptions of this life saving attempt went on Love's mother and sister began to weep softly.
They and the rest of the packed courtroom could not see the photos displayed to the jury of Love's body as the EMT's worked to try to resuscitate her.
Huguely looked down at the defense table instead of viewing the prosecution exhibits.
Love's doctor Thursday testified that there was no medical reason was Yeardley Love would have died. She was in superb health.
Huguely's attorneys said during opening statements Wednesday he was very drunk the night Love died and was incapable of plotting to kill her.
Prosecutor Dave Chapman said Huguely had a pattern of violence against Love and intended to kill her and steal her laptop to get rid of incriminating evidence.
Chapman said two days before Love's death, Huguely accused Love of having another relationship.
Love's two roommates and teammates on the women's lacrosse team were among the prosecution witnesses called Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.