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According to court records, Mr. Huguely told investigators he repeatedly shook Love, who banged her head on a door or wall. The cause of Love’s death was listed as blunt-force trauma.

Investigators said Mr. Huguely was cooperative and seemed unaware that Love, a member of Virginia’s women’s lacrosse team, was dead until they informed him. Mr. Huguely also told them he took Love’s missing laptop and dumped it in a trash can. Mr. Huguely was arrested the day of the killing and has been in jail since.

A potential male juror told the courtroom that he was on the Virginia faculty and that he and his three sons are athletes.

“I know the violence of the games. I was there, my sons were there, and, boy, was I scared.”

The man did pause, however, when the defense asked him how he would feel returning to work after handing down a potential not-guilty verdict.

“I think I could handle it,” he said.

A profile of Mr. Huguely, who attended the exclusive Landon School in Bethesda, as a hard-drinking and occasionally violent young man emerged soon after his arrest.

Police reports show the former high school quarterback and All-American lacrosse star was arrested in 2008 for public drunkenness and resisting arrest outside a fraternity house near the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

A female police officer reportedly needed a Taser to subdue Mr. Huguely. He reportedly yelled in the police station “I’ll kill all of y’all. I’m not going to jail.”

Mr. Huguely later pleaded guilty, receiving probation and a 60-day suspended sentence.

In 2007, an intoxicated Mr. Huguely was reportedly rescued offshore from his family’s Florida vacation home after he and his father quarreled on a yacht and Mr. Huguely jumped overboard.

The afternoon before Love’s death, Mr. Huguely attended a father-son golf outing at which he reportedly was drinking heavily.

Mr. Huguely’s family runs the Washington-area Galliher & Huguely building supply company.

Outside the courtroom, a typical Monday in the historic college town was interrupted by the whirring of satellite vans parked around town and news crews running through live shots.

Officials said they’ve received about 150 requests for media credentials. News vans began lining streets on Sunday and a remote viewing location was set up across the street for spillover from the 200-seat courthouse.

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