Judge orders police records released in killing of U-Va. student Yeardley Love

Virginia's players honor deceased teammate Yeardley Love in their 14-12 victory over Towson in the NCAA tournament.
By Mary Pat Flaherty
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 2, 2010

A Virginia Circuit Court judge on Thursday ordered the release of sealed police records in the murder case against former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V of Chevy Chase.

The Washington Post and three other media outlets had challenged the secrecy surrounding information found during searches connected to the case against Huguely, who has been charged in Charlottesville in the May 3 killing of Yeardley Love, 22, a U-Va. lacrosse player whom Huguely had dated.

The records could be released July 8, barring appeals from Huguely's attorneys or the prosecutor, Warner D. Chapman, who unsuccessfully argued that the information would compromise jury selection and a fair trial.

Judge John McGrath Jr. said information on phone and e-mail searches would remain sealed. But details of searches of two still unidentified vehicles and a list of what was found in searches of the two students' apartments should be public, he said.

McGrath conducted the hearing in Charlottesville after Albermarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl V. Higgins, who signed the sealing orders at prosecutors' request, recused herself. McGrath said that Higgins had removed herself from the case because she had practiced law with the attorneys representing Huguely.

Huguely has told police he kicked in the door to Love's bedroom and fought with her, smashing her head against a wall.

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