Mr. Chapman also read a handwritten note from Mr. Huguely that was found in Loves desk drawer after her death. In it, Mr. Huguely referenced a February 2010 incident in which a witness said he saw him with a chokehold on Love.
“I cant describe how sorry I am,” the letter read. “I’m horrified with how I behaved. … Alcohol is ruining my life. I will never act as I did that night.”
The defense proposed an alternate scenario for Love’s death, one in which she was drunk and the injuries she suffered from her confrontation with Mr. Huguely, coupled with her drunkenness, caused her to end up almost entirely facedown in her pillow, suffocated.
In a taped interview with police, Mr. Huguely said he wrestled with Love on the night of her death and put his hands on her neck, but he said she had become agitated and banged her own head against a wall.
Prosecutors also have maintained that Mr. Huguely stole a laptop computer from Loves bedside containing an incriminating message he was trying to hide. But the defense said he removed it for “collateral” and eventually threw it in the trash.
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