His friends and family filled the first three rows of the courtroom, but only his other attorney, Rhonda Quagliana, spoke before the sentencing on behalf of Huguely — a stellar athlete and honor student at Landon School, in Bethesda, and the son in a wealthy Chevy Chase family.
“No decision you make can bring Yeardley back,” she said. “Passage of time is experienced in a lot of different ways. The penitentiary time you impose will be served day by day, week by week, year by year.”
Love was found facedown and unresponsive in her bloody pillow. First responders testified that they suspected foul play after noticing the gaping hole in the bedroom door and her bruised and bloody face. Huguely was arrested hours later.
Both sides presented expert medical witnesses in the trial. Prosecution witnesses suggested that damage to Love’s face, including a severely swollen eye, and damage to her neck, brain and mouth showed she was stifled and beaten and that she died of blunt-force trauma.
The 6-foot-2 Huguely weighed roughly 200 pounds, about twice as much as Love.
The defense’s expert witness suggested Love died in part from a mix of alcohol and Adderall, an attention-deficit drug, and suffocating in her own pillow.
“I should have killed you” he wrote, after learning about a romantic relationship between Love and a University of North Carolina lacrosse player.
Teammates testified that on May 2, the day leading up to Love’s death, Huguely started drinking the morning of a father-son golf outing and continued through dinner, knocking over a wine bottle and slurring his words.
Huguely had a history of drinking and losing control, including a 2008 incident near a fraternity at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in which was subdued with a Taser and arrested. Yet trial witnesses said his drinking had gotten more out of control and that they had considered an intervention.
“It remains now to each of us to commit to caring for one another and, when we see someone in trouble, to having the courage to intercede and offer assistance,” university president Teresa A. Sullivan said late Wednesday night. “Our sympathy and compassion go to the Love family, as well as to the Huguely family, as they face the future and their personal grief.”
The jury had minimal correspondence with the courtroom throughout Wednesday, asking by note for a definition of the word “reason” and to request the handwritten note from Huguely to Love in which he apologized for putting her in a chokehold at a party in February 2010.View Entire Story
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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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