Huguely Trial Delayed By Defense Attorney Illness

February 16, 2012 | WNST Staff

STEVE SZKOTAK | Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.(AP) The murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player is taking a one-day break because one of his defense attorneys is ill.The first-degree murder trial of George Huguely will resume on Friday.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire delayed the trial early Thursday in hopes attorney Rhonda Quagliana would be able to return to the courtroom later in the day. Court resumed midday and lead defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence informed the court she would not be able to return.

Huguely is accused in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. The body of the 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman was found battered in her apartment bedroom after what prosecutors say was one final, violent encounter.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and other counts.