CHARLOTTESVILLE-The prosecution’s case continued Monday in the murder trial of George Huguely V, 24, of Chevy Chase.
So far the trial, which started last week, has seen many of the witnesses subpoenaed by Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Warner “Dave” Chapman testify, including about the volatile relationship between Huguely, 24, and his on-again off-again girlfriend, Yeardley Love, 22, before her death in May 2010. But the jury has yet to hear from assistant state medical examiner William T. Gormley who performed Love’s autopsy.
Gormley ruled Love died of blunt force trauma to the head, a conclusion aired during prior court proceedings after Huguely’s May 3, 2010 arrest. He and Love, who was from Cockeysville, Md., were seniors at the University of Virginia and members of the lacrosse teams.
Huguely has pleaded not guilty to murder and five other charges. His defense team — whose case has yet to start — has indicated it will challenge Gormley’s ruling and counter with medical witnesses who will say Love could have died died from an irregular heartbeat brought on by Adderall, a drug prescribed to treat attention-deficit problems.
The jury of seven men and seven women — which includes two alternates — is expected to hear testimony all week, including Saturday if needed.
Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire said he would consider an unusual weekend session after jury selection took longer than anticipated and pushed back opening statements and the start of testimony.
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