By about 2:30 a.m., Charlottesville police were investigating and before 8 a.m., Love’s ex-boyfriend, George Huguely V, of Chevy Chase, was being questioned by two detectives.
George Huguely’s police interview in Yeardley Love investigation
Huguely, now 24, was convicted in February of second-degree murder in the death of Love.
Love, who was from the Baltimore suburb of Cockeysville, was a senior at the University of Virginia and a varsity lacrosse player, as was Huguely. He remains jailed in Charlottesville and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30 by a judge who could accept or reduce the 26-year term jurors handed up.
At his trial, jurors were shown Huguely’s taped police interview on a monitor turned away from spectators in the courtroom, who could hear what was said.
In it, Huguely described why he went to see Love and their final argument.
On Tuesday, the tape and some other exhibits entered during the trial were made available for viewing at Charlottesville Circuit Court but could not be recorded or rebroadcast under terms set by the judge in Huguely’s case. The evidence is set to be shown again Wednesday.
The exchanges below, excerpted from Huguely’s interview, are based on notes taken by reporters for The Washington Post as the video was played Tuesday and the audio was heard at trial. Any quotes are accurate to the best of our ability. This account is not a transcript, and an official transcript was not released by the court or Huguely’s defense.
Charlottesville detectives begin at 7:52 a.m. by reading Huguely his Miranda rights and asking some routine questions. They ask about his day on Sunday, May, 2, 2010, and he said he played golf, went to dinner with his father and then went home and “drank a few beers.”
Huguely: “Then I went over to talk to Yeardley . . . . Yeardley is my former girlfriend . . . . She was like already totally freaked out . . . . I was just going to talk to her . . . . She started getting all like really defensive . . . week before she flew into my apartment ... she came in all screaming at me . . . she attacked me and she was screaming at me . . . when I went over to see her to talk with her she was already on the defensive edge.
She was throwing me against the wall . . .
She said go away . . . . I’m just here to talk to you . . . . She got all . . . we were sitting there talking . . . she was getting all like aggressive . . . then I was like Yeardley chill out. I shook her a little bit and she started freaking out.”
A detective asks Huguely if he hit Love’s head against the wall.
Huguely: “No, no. She was was hitting her head . . . . I said Yeardley stop . . . . She was all freaking out just over seeing me . . . . She kept hitting her head against the wall, I shook her . . . . I never struck her. I mean I never hit her in the face or anything.”
(During this exchange, Huguely leaned against the concrete wall and knocks his head against it, showing detectives what he said Yeardley was doing)