In 2010, the quiet college town of Charlottesville, Va., was shaken by the devastating murder of Yeardley Love. The 22-year old University of Virginia student-athlete was found dead in her Charlottesville apartment, face down in a pool of blood, during the early hours of May 3. The following day, ex-boyfriend, fellow lacrosse player and classmate, George Huguely, was accused of fatally beating Love to death.
Now, two years later, Huguely faces six charges including first-degree murder, attempted robbery and grand larceny to which he has plead not guilty. While Huguely's lawyers insist that Love's death was caused by an irregular heartbeat due to combination of Adderall and alcohol, the coroner has declared the official cause of death as blunt force trauma.
George Huguely admitted on May 3, 2010 that he was involved in an altercation with Yeardly Love and that during the course of the altercation he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall, Charlottesville Police Detective.
Jury selection began today and the trial is set to commence on Monday. If convicted of first degree murder, Huguely could face life in prison. The case has earned national attention as Love has come to serve as an example of the serious dangers of abusive relationships.