- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jury deliberations began Wednesday morning in the murder trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V with the judge saying all of the proceedings could be concluded by the end of day.

The deliberations began with the jury of 14 is composed of seven men, five women and two female alternates.

Mr. Huguely, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, an on-and-off girlfriend and classmate, in the early hours of May 3, 2010.

“It might be a bit optimistic, but I really want to finish [the trial] by today,” said Circuit Judge Edward L. Hogshire. “If we can.”

The trial lasted nine days. Prosecutors say Mr. Huguely beat to death Love, of suburban Baltimore, in a drunken, jealous rage.

Mr. Huguely’s lawyers acknowledge the defendant went the Love’s off-campus apartment and had a hand in her death, but say he didn’t intend to kill her. They have asked for a lesser charge of manslaughter and had expert witnesses in the trial suggesting Love might have died by suffocating in her pillow.

Mr. Huguely could get life in prison if convicted of the first-degree charge.

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