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Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hearing set in U-Va. student's slaying

A preliminary hearing on a first-degree murder charge has been set for April 11 in the case of George Huguely V, 23, of Chevy Chase, who is accused in the May 3 slaying of fellow University of Virginia student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md.

Huguely was to have had a preliminary hearing Friday. The new date was filed Wednesday in Charlottesville District Court and follows a hearing Jan. 10 at which the prosecutor and defense team appeared.

Huguely has been held without bond at the regional jail in Charlottesville since his arrest May 3, hours after Love's body was found in her off-campus apartment. Police said the two had dated but had broken up and had a physical confrontation when Huguely went to see Love on the night of her death.

The first-degree murder charge was the original count filed against Huguely. Five more charges were added Jan. 7: felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony and grand larceny.

Court records as of late Wednesday showed a Friday hearing scheduled for Huguely on the more recent charges. However, the prosecution and defense have told a judge that neither side was ready to proceed in the case, pending a review of about 20 outstanding items. They had asked the court to keep the Jan. 21 date as a place holder for the new charges - an indication that the hearing on the added charges also could be postponed.

- Mary Pat Flaherty

Rte. 28 in Manassas is getting new bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation is building a four-lane bridge on Route 28 over Wellington Road and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in Manassas to eliminate the at-grade crossing. On a typical weekday, 20 trains and about 23,500 vehicles make their way through that area.

The bridge is being built on a new alignment, so construction won't be very disruptive to traffic. But starting Wednesday, VDOT says, drivers might encounter construction delays in either direction on Route 28 (Nokesville Road) near Wellington Road. One of two lanes will be closed between Technology Drive and Cockrell Road through the first week of February. As an alternative, drivers can use Godwin Drive and Sudley Road.

The project is scheduled to be finished in November 2012.

- Robert Thomson


Fort Detrick toxin studies reviewed

The Army says the National Academy of Sciences will review several studies of possible public health effects from toxins used at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

Col. Judith Robinson, the garrison's commander, said Wednesday that the peer review will help determine whether the research is scientifically sound. A report is expected by September.

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