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Prosecution continues in George Huguely murder trial

View Photo Gallery: The former university men’s lacrosse player is accused in the 2010 death of Yeardley Love, his ex-girlfriend and a player on the women’s lacrosse team.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Prosecutors on Wednesday continued presenting their case against George Huguely V, who is charged with murder in the 2010 death of his on-off girlfriend Yeardley Love.

On Tuesday, medical experts testified that Love died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors have said an angry Huguely shook Love, 22, until her head banged against a wall and then left her bleeding. Her body was found by a roommate on May 3, 2010.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to murder and five other charges in connection with Love’s death. The two were accomplished University of Virginia lacrosse players on the verge of graduation: Huguely from Chevy Chase; and Love, 22, from Cockeysville, Md.

Medical experts who analyzed Love’s brain testified on Tuesday that they had identified bruises and bleeding they said came from traumatic injury.

Huguely’s defense team has suggested to jurors that Love could have died of an irregular heartbeat brought on by the the prescription drug she took for an attention disorder. In questioning witnesses Tuesday, Rhonda Quagliana, one of Huguely’s attorneys, repeatedly raised the possibility that either an irregular heartbeat provoked by that drug, Adderall, or a massive rush of blood to Love’s brain after medical rescue teams performed CPR could account for what the experts had described.

The defense has yet to present its case in court.

The trial, which began last Monday, has taken longer than expected so far, prompting Judge Edward L. Hogshire to indicate he may hold a rare Saturday session in hopes of resolving the case before the President’s Day holiday.

Follow Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) for Twitter updates from the trial.

More coverage of the trial:

Medical examiner in George Huguely trial: Blunt force trauma killed Yeardley Love

Ex-teammates: Huguely drank heavily 4 times a week

She the People: Yeardley Love was not alone

Huguely pleads not guilty in Love’s slaying


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