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He also attended the golf outing and dinner and gave an account of Mr. Huguely’s behavior similar to that of Mr. Clausen‘s.

“He wasn’t really making any sense,” Mr. Thompson said of Mr. Huguely.

The defense began its case after Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire refused to reduce or dismiss the first-degree murder charge.

A medical expert for Mr. Huguely’s legal team said Love died from suffocating face down in her pillow.

During his more than two hours testimony on the stand, Dr. Jan E. Leestma, a neuropathologist from Chicago, told jurors that he saw no evidence of a twisting, torque force injury described by the prosecution’s medical experts as reason for bleeding near Love’s brain stem and her subsequent heart failure.

Had there been that sort of injury, Dr. Leestma said, the membrane that holds the brain’s two hemispheres together would have been damaged.

The defense case was interrupted when attorneys on both sides began arguing about whether Dr. Leestma could talk about the crime scene because he had seen only pictures. The shouting temporarily cleared jurors from the courtroom.

Alphonse Poklis, the director of toxicology with the Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University, testified that Love’s blood alcohol level indicated that she was “clinically intoxicated” and that she would have had “a serious impairment of judgment, decision-making, reasoning and emotional control.”