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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Jury selection continues in Huguely trial

A second day of jury selection is underway Tuesday in a Charlottesville courtroom, as attorneys work to select a panel to hear the case against George Huguely V, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player who charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend.


Yeardley Love and George Huguely V (AP)
Nearly two years ago, Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville, was found facedown in a pool of blood by her roommate in their off-campus apartment, according to arrest reports and previous court testimony. Huguely was arrested within hours.

Huguely, 24, of Chevy Chase, on Monday pleaded not guilty to each of the six charges against him: first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with intent to commit a felony and grand larceny.

On Tuesday, the painstaking process of selecting jurors to hear the case continued. Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire and lawyers had been working since Monday to select twelve jurors and three alternates from a pool of 160 people.

Potential jurors on Monday were questioned about their personal experiences with domestic violence and their opinions of elite athletes. They were asked whether they could handle seeing graphic photos.

Love died from blunt force trauma to the head, the state medical examiner ruled. Huguely’s lawyers have indicated they will challenge that conclusion and suggest a drug to treat attention disorders prescribed to Love could have caused a cardiac problem that contributed to her death.

An autopsy found Love had a blood alcohol concentration of .14-nearly twice the legal limit. Huguely’s alcohol level that May night was not taken at his arrest but in earlier court hearings, several witnesses talked about a day-long drinking run by Huguely that began around 9 a.m. and continued until midnight. On Monday, his attorneys referred to his being intoxicated as they plumbed the effect that had on the jury pool.

Huguely, who has worn a dark sportscoat and tan pants in court, has taken notes as potential witnesses were questioned.

For ongoing coverage of Huguely’s case and the trial in Charlottesville, follow Jenna on Twitter (@wpjenna) and the Post’s Crime Scene blog. Here’s some of our previous coverage:

George Huguely’s trial in Yeardley Love’s death starts Monday with jury selection (Feb. 5)

Number of requests for restraining orders explodes in Virginia (Feb. 4)

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