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This article on the case of former University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused of killing U-Va. women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, an ex-girlfriend of his, misspelled the last name of a Lexington, Va., police officer whom Huguely scuffled with before she arrested him in 2008. Her name is R.L. Moss, not R.L. Moff.

George Huguely, suspect in U-Va. murder case, accused of slamming Yeardley Love's head into wall during fight

Virginia's players honor deceased teammate Yeardley Love in their 14-12 victory over Towson in the NCAA tournament.

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By Steve Yanda, Daniel de Vise and Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- This is how police say the story ended: George Huguely kicked through Yeardley Love's bedroom door early Monday. They fought. He grabbed her and shook her, slamming her head repeatedly into the wall. He seized her computer, the one on which she'd read his angry e-mails. Then he left her lying facedown on a pillow that would soon be soaked with her blood.

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The details that emerged Tuesday -- from friends, relatives, fellow students and Huguely's account of the attack, described in a police affidavit -- reveal that the two lacrosse players in the University of Virginia murder case seem as different as his grizzled mug shot and her radiant class picture.

Love, friends and a relative said, was a caring soul who became romantically involved with Huguely, a young man with a temper and at least one alcohol-fueled episode of violence with a police officer. He received a suspended sentence after a drunken scuffle with a female Virginia police officer in November 2008.

"She had a great future," said Granville Swope, Love's uncle. "And this guy has robbed her."

In the beginning, they must have seemed twin souls: children of privilege from the lacrosse fields of affluent suburbia, on the verge of graduating from the public Ivy in Charlottesville.

Huguely and Love, both 22, had dated for many months when Love called it off in recent weeks, according to several people close to her. But for Huguely, it was not over.

Early Monday, Huguely arrived at Love's apartment, according to a police affidavit filed in support of a search warrant. The front door wasn't locked, but apparently her bedroom door was. He forced it open, kicking it with his right foot. Police said they found hairs in the hole he left in the door.

Roommates who found Love shortly after 2 a.m. thought she might be passed out from drinking and called police. But police found Love dead, facedown in a pool of blood on her pillow. The police documents said she had a bruised face, a swollen eye and scrapes on her chin.

Officers picked up Huguely at his apartment nearby within a few hours, and after waiving his rights, according to the police affidavit, he told detectives that the couple had been "involved in an altercation" in which "he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall," according to the affidavit. Huguely admitted taking Love's computer and discarding it. Police have recovered it and are searching it, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo, to determine whether any of Huguely's final e-mails threatened his former girlfriend's life.

Longo also said police are investigating witness reports that Huguely was seen drinking throughout the day Sunday.

Huguely's attorney did not dispute Huguely's late-night visit to Love but told reporters that he did not intend to kill her.

"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended but an accident with a tragic outcome," said Charlottesville lawyer Francis McQ. Lawrence, who represented Huguely on Tuesday at a scheduled bond hearing, which was delayed. Lawrence said Tuesday, on what would have been Huguely's last day of classes, that he would withdraw from school.


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