At the end of the nine-hour hearing, District Court Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. determined there was enough evidence against former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely V to send the case to the next step of the legal process.
A grand jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court will decide later this month whether to indict Huguely, 23, of Chevy Chase, on charges of felony murder, assault, robbery and burglary in the death of former UVA women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
Neither Huguely’s videotaped statement to police nor the contents of e-mails and computer messages he is alleged to have exchanged with Love was revealed during the hearing, which lasted more than eight hours.
The video was made available privately to the judge under an agreement reached between the defense and Charlottesville prosecutor Warner “Dave” Chapman.
Testimony from more than 20 witnesses painted a turbulent relationship during the couple’s senior year at U-Va. Love’s mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie, were in court, although the mother briefly exited just before stretches of the more graphic descriptions of her daughter’s injuries.
Relatives of Huguely’s also were in court, including his parents and stepparents.