Judge mulling release of Yeardley Love's medical records

By Steve Yanda
Wednesday, December 15, 2010; 12:14 PM

A Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday morning that the medical records of Yeardley Love, a former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player who was slain in May, will remain sealed until he reviews them and determines whether they are relevant.

Attorneys for George Huguely, the former UVa. men's lacrosse player who has been charged with first degree murder in Love's death, are seeking Love's medical records.They have requested records from the university's department of student health and athletic department, as well as from the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, with the hope of challenging the official cause of death. Medical examiner William Gormley ruled that Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., died of blunt force injury to the head.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman opposed the release of Love's medical records, saying it would allow the defense to go on a "fishing expedition" into her health history. Love's mother, Sharon, submitted a letter to the court opposing the release.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, waived his right to appear in court Wednesday. He remains in a Charlottesville jail cell. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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