Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V’s first-degree murder trial included dramatic testimony Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., from Love’s two roommates, who served as witnesses for the prosecution.
Huguely is on trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Caity Whiteley, who not only lived with Love but was also on the lacrosse team with her, told the court what it was like when she and a men’s tennis player returned to Love’s apartment to ask her to go out with them. With Love, 22, face down in bed, just as Whiteley had last seen her, nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary, at first.
“Her hair was all messed up and pulled to the side,” Whiteley said, according to Charlottesville’s Daily Progress. “I moved her hair, and then that’s when I noticed” blood on the sheet and pillow. “There were cuts on her face, and it was just messed up.”
Whiteley also testified that Love’s body was warm but that her feet were cold, the newspaper reports.
On Thursday, when graphic photos of Love’s lifeless body were shown in court, her family sobbed, while Huguely, 23, kept his head down, reports ABC News.
In further testimony, Whiteley said that in the months before Love’s death her already on-again-off-again relationship with Huguely, now 23, had become even “more rocky than usual.” She recounted her conversation with Huguely after he reportedly was observed choking Love during a party. Whiteley said Huguely told her he did not recall the incident and became upset that she was telling it.
Love and Whiteley’s other roommate, Kaitlin Duff, said on the stand that Love had become “very upset” in late April after she learned that Huguely had been spotted with another woman.
Another witness was Anna Lehman, who lived in the apartment below Love’s. Describing a loud noise she heard from the floor above shortly before midnight, Lehman testified, “I thought that maybe like a stereo set had fallen, or a bookshelf.”
Right after that she saw a dark-haired man in a royal blue T-shirt leaving Love’s apartment. She described him as looking “like a male student.”
The defense reportedly does not dispute that Huguely was in the apartment that night. In opening statements Wednesday, Huguely’s lawyer said his client was very drunk the night Love died and was incapable of plotting to kill her, the Associated Press reports. Huguely has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, robbery, burglary, breaking and entering, grand larceny and murder in the commission of a felony.
According to an affidavit, Huguely admitted that he kicked in Love’s door and shook her, repeatedly hitting her head against a wall, PEOPLE reported in May 2010. At a press conference back then, Huguely’s attorney Francis Lawrence told reporters, “We are confident that Ms. Love’s death was not intended but an accident with a tragic outcome.”
Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that two days before Love’s death, Huguely accused her of having another relationship, and prosecutor Dave Chapman told jurors Huguely assaulted Love and wrote to her saying he was upset because she had slept with someone else, reports CBS affiliate WTVR.
According to prosecutors, Huguely sent angry e-mails to Love, including one that said, “I should kill you.” When it came time for Huguely’s attorney Lawrence to address jurors, he reportedly relayed the rest of the e-mail’s message: “I should have killed you. You should have killed me. You’re so [expletive] up.
Prosecutors also outlined Huguely’s pattern of violence against Love and said he intended to kill her and steal her laptop to destroy evidence.