- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | A University of Virginia lacrosse player suspected of killing a member of the women’s team told police he shook her and hit her head repeatedly against a wall, according to a court document in the case.

An affidavit filed with a search warrant said police found Yeardley Love, 22, face down in her bedroom early Monday with a pool of blood on her pillow, a large bruise on her face and one eye swollen shut. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the suspect, George Huguely, told them he had an altercation with Miss Love and had kicked in her bedroom door.

“Huguely stated that he and Love had been in a relationship and that the relationship had ended,” the document said.

He also told police that he had communicated with Miss Love by e-mail and had taken her computer. The affidavit said he told police where to find the computer and it was recovered.

Mr. Huguely, 22 and a senior at the university, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder.

Earlier Tuesday, his lawyer, Francis Lawrence, said he was confident the death was not intentional.

“We are confident that Ms. Love’s death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome,” Mr. Lawrence told reporters. He did not elaborate and said he would have no further comment.

Mr. Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Md., appeared by videoconference Tuesday at a court hearing, wearing a gray-striped jail uniform. He did not speak during the proceeding between his lawyers and the judge. There was no discussion of bond for him.

Mr. Huguely’s parents and stepfather were in the courtroom. They left the courthouse through a back entrance without talking to reporters.

Miss Love’s roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. after finding Miss Love face down on her pillow and unresponsive, the affidavit said.

Miss Love, of Cockeysville, Md., was only weeks from earning a degree and she and her teammates were expecting to end their season by winning a national championship.

Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president of the university, told reporters the campus was saddened, and that the pain is magnified because the accused is “one of our own.”

Kyle Cecil, 22, of Newport News, Va., said he lived on the same hall as Mr. Huguely as a freshman, and knew him well enough to say hello. He was shocked to see police cars at the building while on his way to class, and more shocked when he learned of Mr. Huguely’s arrest.

The lacrosse teams met at least once during the day, but lacrosse players and school officials declined repeatedly to comment, referring to a school statement.

The men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons — both teams are national title contenders — were “not even entering into our thoughts,” Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said.

The NCAA tournament pairings are to be announced Sunday, and the men’s team is expected to host a first-round game, and the women’s team is also expecting to be included.

Mr. Huguely, a midfielder, wasn’t a starter but played in all 15 games this season. He had four goals and three assists. Miss Love played defense and started in three games this season.

She played varsity lacrosse and field hockey for four years at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore.

Mr. Huguely attended the Landon School, a private institution in Bethesda, Md.

He pleaded guilty last year to two charges — resisting arrest and public swearing and intoxication — in Rockbridge County, about 55 miles southwest of Charlottesville, according to court records. He paid a $100 fine and about $80 in court costs and was released on supervised probation with a 60-day suspended jail sentence.

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