According to the Daily Progress, 24-year-old George Huguely’s defense attorneys are asking that jurors be questioned individually and sequestered, arguing that it will be difficult to select an impartial local jury for a case that received extensive publicity.
Additionally, the Daily Progress reports that Judge Edward Hogshire is expected to consider whether the victim’s medical records should be sealed or made available for further review.
Huguely, of Chevy Chase, is accused of killing 22-year-old Yeardley Love, a fellow U. Va. student, on May 3, 2010.
He is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery, burglary, statutory burglary and grand larceny.
Love’s body was discovered by a roommate in an off-campus apartment, face down on a bedroom pillow in a pool of blood, said police.
The state medical examiner’s office said Love died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Police said she had broken off her relationship with Huguely shortly before her death.
The pretrial hearing is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Charlottesville Circuit Court.