CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The murder trial of George W. Huguely V was delayed for a second day because of an ill attorney, setting up a busy Saturday in which the defense is expected to conclude its case before closing arguments.
Francis McQ. Lawrence, an attorney for Mr. Huguely, told Judge Edward Hogshire that his client did not “feel comfortable, [didn’t] feel protected,” without both of his defense attorneys beside him in “the case of his life.”
“He’s 24-years-old,” Mr. Lawrence said. “I don’t blame him for feeling that.”
The trial will reconvene Saturday at 9 a.m.
Five witnesses testified Friday, including an expert witness who testified about a piece of wall taken from the bedroom of 22-year-old Yeardley Love. Prosecutors have said Mr. Huguely slammed Love’s head repeatedly against her bedroom wall during a drunken fight.
But Michael Woodhouse, a bio-mechanical consultant, appeared to refute that version of events in his testimony.
“There was no head contact with that,” Mr. Woodhouse said of the segment of wall he analyzed. “There was no evidence of any impact profile.”
A computer support expert brought in by the defense testified the laptop, which was found in a dumpster near her apartment, was worth between $100 and $150, making it worth less than the $200 required for Grand Larceny charges in Virginia.
Mr. Huguely told police he took the computer for “collateral,” while prosecutors have argued that he took the computer to hide an incriminating email he sent that said “I should have killed you.”
Friends, teammates and roommates of Mr. Huguely and Love testified throughout the last eight days that the two students, both lacrosse players who had formerly dated, had a roller coaster relationship marred by jealous outbursts and excessive drinking.
Alina Massaro, Mr. Huguely’s aunt, was the first family member to testify for the defense. She reviewed a security tape taken from May 1, 2010, at a restaurant near Love’s apartment. On that night, lacrosse players and their friends and family gathered after the last game of the season.
Alternating between referring to him as “George” and “Georgie,” Ms. Massaro identified her nephew holding hands with Love, who was wearing a striped shirt and also took time to talk to Mr. Huguely’s cousins.
“She was really kind with the kids and very sweet,” Ms. Massaro said.
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Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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