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Prosecution Rests, Defense Opens Case in Huguely Trial

Posted on 15 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Steve Szkotak Associated Press

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend lied about visiting friends hours before her battered body was found and had a “blank stare” on his face, a former teammate testified Wednesday as the prosecution rested and the defense began.

Ken Clausen and other teammates of George Huguely testified at his first-degree murder trial in the May 3, 2010, slaying of Yeardley Love. Friends have testified that the woman’s lacrosse player had a jealously fueled, on-and-off relationship with Huguely, who is 24.

Love, 22, was found in the bedroom of her Charlottesville apartment with bruises on her body and a battered right eye and neck. She died of blunt force trauma, an autopsy concluded. Huguely and Love’s apartment buildings stood side-by-side.

The defense began its presentation with a medical expert who said he believed Love was asphyxiated from lying face down in a damp, bloody pillow. The testimony did not state how she came to be in that position.

“That could do it,” Dr. Jan E. Leestma said of his pillow death theory. During cross-examination, Prosecutor Dave Chapman sharply questioned Leestma and asked how much he was paid to testify for the defense. He replied $8,000.

While Huguely acknowledged in a police interrogation that he and Love’s final encounter turned physical, he said he did not believe her injuries were serious. He said she had a bloody nose.

His attorneys have argued that her death was accidental, possibly the result of drinking and a prescription drug the suburban Baltimore woman took for attention-deficit disorder. A coroner has said those substances were in her body but not in potentially lethal doses.

Earlier, another defense witness testified that Love’s blood alcohol level was higher than recorded in an autopsy.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and five other counts. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

Most of the prosecution witnesses Wednesday were former lacrosse players, many of whom knew Love.

The day before Love’s body was found, Huguely was sloppy drunk during an end-of-the lacrosse season father-son golf tournament and dinner, his teammates said, describing Huguely’s slurred speech and public urination. Later that night, he and other friends went to Huguely’s apartment for beers and to watch TV.

About 20 minutes before midnight, they decided to go to a nearby store to pick up some more beer while Huguely remained in the apartment, the teammates said. They came back with the beer 15 or 20 minutes later, and Huguely was not in the apartment but soon returned.

Huguely told his friends he had gone to visit two other teammates in his apartment building. One of the teammates, however, had stayed in his own apartment and was not in Huguely’s building.

“We thought that was strange,” said Clausen, who went to retrieve the beers with another teammate, Kevin Carroll, who was Huguely’s roommate. “What he said wasn’t adding up. There was no reason to lie.”

Asked by Chapman about Huguely’s demeanor, Clausen said, “He had this blank stare on his face.”

Clausen said he repeatedly asked Huguely what was bothering him. “I got no response,” he said.

Clausen said he didn’t see any injuries on Huguely, who police said had bruised knuckles the morning they interrogated him about Love’s death.

But Clausen said of Huguely’s mood after he returned from the beer run, “There was no doubt in my mind there was a change in his demeanor.”

Carroll testified, though, that he detected no difference in Huguely’s mood. “I just thought he was really, really drunk,” Carroll said.

Huguely told Carroll and Clausen he went to visit fellow players Chris Clements and Will Bolton downstairs in Clements’ apartment. Bolton testified, however, that he was not with Clements and was at his own apartment.

Prosecutors have placed Huguely’s visit to Love’s nearby apartment at approximately midnight. Her body was found about two hours later.

Carroll, who said he had known Love since grade school, said she and Huguely argued one week before her death. He said he heard “raised voices” and angry words but did not know the nature of the argument.

During earlier testimony this week, Chapman brought to the stand the coroner who examined Love’s body and other forensic medical experts. They testified that her injuries, which included bruising from a blunt force such as punch and a torqueing, would have caused bleeding at the base of her brain.

Leestma, who had worked in the Cook County coroner’s office and said he has studied some 1,000 brains, also testified that the injuries to Love’s brain could have been the result of falling backward. He also said frantic efforts by EMTs to revive Love could have caused bleeding at the base of her brain.

In a police interrogation interview hours after Love’s death, Huguely told a detective that he “shook her a little” but did not hit her in the face. He said she hit her own head against the wall and that he didn’t think she was seriously hurt when he left.

Huguely said he had gone to Love’s apartment “just to talk.” When she refused to let him in, he kicked through the door. The door and a gaping hole in it have been in the courtroom for most of the trial, which is in its eighth day.

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Coroner Testifies Yeardley Love Died From Blunt Force Trauma

Posted on 14 February 2012 by WNST Staff

By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A coroner and other doctors testified Tuesday at the murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player that his ex-girlfriend died of injuries caused by blunt-force trauma and that alcohol and a prescription drug she ingested didn’t play a role in her death.

Dr. Michael Gormley said the autopsy he performed on Yeardley Love and other doctors’ examinations of her brain led him to conclude that she died from cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, caused by blunt force trauma that injured her brain, disrupting the flow of blood to her heart.

The doctors testified for the prosecution during the first-degree murder trial of George Huguely V. He is accused of killing the 22-year-old Love during a violent encounter in her bedroom on May 3, 2010. The prosecution is expected to rest on Wednesday after presenting nearly 40 witnesses over a week.

Huguely’s attorneys, who have not begun their presentation, have said Love died accidentally from an irregular heartbeat partly caused by taking the prescription drug Adderall and drinking alcohol.

Gormley testified that Love’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit for drunken driving and that she had amphetamines – a class of drugs that includes Adderall – in her system, but neither was present in high-enough levels to cause death.

Huguely, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., has pleaded not guilty to killing Love, his on-again, off-again girlfriend and also a former U.Va. lacrosse player. Both were seniors. Love was from suburban Baltimore.

During earlier testimony Tuesday, neuropathologist Christine E. Fuller described a lesion on the lower portion of Love’s brain.

“What kind of lesion is that?” asked prosecutor Dave Chapman.

“I would call that a contusion. That’s a fancy word for a bruise,” Fuller responded.

Asked what the bruise would signify, Fuller replied, “It means there’s been blunt force trauma to the head.”

Fuller also described another injury near the base of the brain in the vicinity of the spinal cord that would have been caused by torque – a violent twisting.

That injury, she said, had potentially lethal consequences. Another witness also supported the conclusion.

The testimony bolsters the prosecution’s argument that Huguely violently attacked Love, banging her head against the wall of her bedroom.

During highly technical testimony, Fuller testified she found no pre-existing problems with Love’s brain. The bruising was found on what she described as the underside of the temporal lobe. She said it was the result of the brain moving within the skull, and compared it to a passenger in a car that comes to an abrupt halt.

Asked by Chapman what she would have concluded if she weren’t aware of Love’s autopsy, Fuller said, “Just looking at the brain, no history, I would have called it trauma. No question.”

Huguely claimed in a police interrogation interview hours after Love was found dead that he had grabbed and possibly shook her, but he otherwise downplayed their physical encounter. He claimed she had banged her head against the wall of her apartment bedroom.

On Monday, Gormley said his autopsy found evidence of suffocation, though it did not cause death, as well as a potentially deadly neck injury.

He also described a series of bruises on Love’s legs, lower back, left forearm and hand and a small series of bruises on her chest, which he said could be caused by grabbing.

Love’s most severe injuries were on the right side of her face. The injuries included a battered right eye, bruising to her neck and under her jaw.

Police officers have testified that Huguely had bruises on his arms and legs and knuckles the morning Love’s body was found.

Huguely told a police detective who interviewed him hours after Love’s body was found that his bruised knuckles were the result of a lacrosse injury.

The prosecution presented a series of witnesses late Tuesday who testified about blood patterns in Love’s bedroom and DNA and blood evidence. One said Love’s blood was not found on Huguely’s clothing but was present on bedding and her clothes.

Witnesses who testified last week described their relationship as fiery and both had accused the other of infidelities.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Huguely could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Coroner Indicates Yeardley Love Showed Signs of Suffocation

Posted on 14 February 2012 by WNST Staff

By Steve Szkotak, Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A University of Virginia lacrosse player found dead in her bedroom in May 2010 showed signs of suffocation and had a potentially lethal neck injury, the coroner who performed her autopsy testified Monday at her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial.

Dr. Michael Gormley’s prosecution testimony appears to counter George Huguely’s version of his final encounter with Yeardley Love, in which he said the two became physical but he did not strangle or punch her. In earlier testimony Monday, police officers testified that Huguely had bruises on his arms and legs and knuckles the morning Love’s body was found on May 3, 2010, in her Charlottesville apartment.

Huguely, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., is on trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree murder and other counts. The prosecution contends the former lacrosse player went to the 22-year-old Love’s apartment after an alcohol-fueled day of golf and slammed her head repeatedly against the wall of her bedroom. He kicked a gaping hole in the door of her bedroom door when she refused to let him in, prosecutors said.

The defense, which has not presented any witnesses, has suggested Love’s death was an accident, and possibly related to her use of a prescription medicine for attention deficit disorder. Prosecution medical experts have cast doubt on that theory.

Huguely initially turned away when the first batch of autopsy photographs was brought to the defense table.

Gormley described a series of bruises on Love’s legs, lower back, left forearm and hand. He also described a small series of bruises on her chest, which he said could be caused by grabbing.

Love’s most severe injuries were on the right side of her face — especially a battered right eye — and neck and under her jaw, Gormley testified. She also had injuries near the carotid artery, which supplies the neck and head with blood. She had no injuries on the left side of her face, he said.

Gormley said Love also suffered injuries within her mouth.

“The injuries to the face and particularly to the mouth could be consistent with smothering,” said Gormley, adding that was the not the cause of death. The autopsy said Love died of blunt-force trauma but isn’t specific.

Gormley said, however, the injuries to the neck near the carotid artery could have been lethal. The artery helps regulate blood supply to the heart, he said.

During defense questioning, Gormley acknowledged that determining the exact time when bruises occur is an inexact science.

The graphic autopsy photographs were presented to jurors, who didn’t seem to flinch as they were presented. Many leaned to examine the photos as Gormley explained what they showed.

Gormley’s testimony seemed to be directly aimed at Huguely’s version of events, which were detailed in a police interrogation video showed to jurors last week. In the video, Huguely played down the physical side of his last encounter with Love, who was from suburban Baltimore.

During the interview, conducted hours after Love was found dead, Huguely said he came to her apartment to talk and that he “shook her a little” but did not hit her in the face. He claimed Love hit her own head against the wall and he didn’t consider her seriously hurt when he left her apartment. He said she had a bloody nose.

On the police tape, Huguely was incredulous and began sobbing when he a detective told him Love was dead. He wept in court as the tape was played.

Earlier Monday, a Charlottesville police officer testified Huguely had bruises and scrapes on his legs, arms and knuckles hours after Love’s body was found.

During testimony last week, the first detective to question Huguely about the slaying asked him about bruised knuckles she had seen and he said they were the result of playing lacrosse.

Huguely attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence made that connection in court Monday as well before Chapman objected to his line of questioning.

Witnesses who testified last week described their relationship as sputtering, with each accusing the other of being unfaithful. The prosecution said an email from Huguely to Love in the days before a threat “I should have killed you” after he learned of an infidelity.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to murder and five other charges in connection with Love’s death. One of the charges involves the theft of her laptop computer.

The prosecution contends Huguely took the computer to hide the threatening email.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Huguely could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Northern Trust Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Pacific Palisades, CA), Champions Tour ACE Group Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from Naples, FL on Golf Channel), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); Boxing: ShoBox-Thomas Dulorme vs. Jose Reynoso (Friday 11pm from Santa Ynez, CA live on Showtime), Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida (Saturday 10pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Marvin Quintero (Friday 9pm from Arlington, TX live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Hereford (Wednesday 6:30pm); Roller Derby: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. They Might Be Giants (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Hunter Hayes (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Biohazard (Thursday 7pm Recher Theatre), Less Than Jake (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), America (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage), Ben Lee (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sleigh Bells (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Mos Def (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); New Edition (Thursday 7pm Show Place Arena); Peter Frampton (Sunday 8pm Warner Theatre); Amos Lee “As The Crow Flies” available on iTunes/in stores (Tuesday)

I had never heard Hunter Hayes until last week. I don’t like all country music, but I will be forced to admit I enjoy this country music…

Here’s Less Than Jake doing David Cassidy because they can…

I get steamed up for Gary Puckett. Now I miss WQSR…

Other than the fact that he’s talented, Mos Def and I are exactly the same…

9. Royal Comedy Tour feat. Sommore, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, Mark Curry, Earthquake (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Kevin Hart (Tuesday-Thursday 7pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Norm MacDonald (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Steve Harvey (Friday & Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Alonzo Bodden (Tuesday 7pm & 9pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Glenn Clark’s Valentine’s Day plans (Tuesday Parts Unknown)

First here’s Norm MacDonald…

Now here’s Jay Mohr doing Norm MacDonald…

And this is the Chocolate Wonderfall my girlfriend and I will enjoy when I take her to Golden Corral Tuesday night like they said I should do in those commercials…

She’s so lucky to have me.

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Huguely Breaks Down During Yeardley Love Murder Trial

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

By STEVE SZKOTAK | Associated Press

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player said he got physical with his former girlfriend but did not kill her, sobbing and saying “she’s not dead” when detectives told him she died, according to a videotape played Friday at his murder trial.

George Huguely V sobbed on the videotape showing his police interrogation and in the courtroom as it was played during the most riveting moment in the nearly one-week trial. One juror dabbed at tears as the tape played.

Huguely, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., is accused in the May 3, 2010, death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love. The suburban Baltimore woman, also a lacrosse player at the school, was found dead in her apartment bedroom from injuries sustained when her head was slammed repeatedly against a wall, leaving her face battered, bruised and bloody, according to prosecutors.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges, and his attorneys maintain Love died in part by taking the prescription drug Adderall and drinking alcohol.

Charlottesville police detective L.T. Reeves told jurors in Charlottesville Circuit Court she went to Huguely’s apartment hours after Love’s body was found to interview him. She said she quickly considered him a suspect in Love’s slaying after she saw his bruised knuckles and a cut on his arm.

Police found a large hole the bedroom door of Love’s bedroom.

During the interrogation, Huguely said the bruises were the result of playing lacrosse.

Witnesses have testified that Love and Huguely were involved in a volatile relationship, and both had been unfaithful to each other and had publicly argued. Huguely said he had gone to Love’s apartment to talk and she “totally freaked out.”

Huguely acknowledged the two wrestled, he shook her and may have grabbed her neck, but did not strangle her or repeatedly bang her head against the wall, as prosecutors allege.

“We were just going to talk,” he told Reeves. “I never struck her. I never hit her in the face.”

“Did you hit her neck at all?” Reeves asked.

“I never, like, strangled her. I may have grabbed her neck,” Huguely said, describing their physical encounter as wrestling.

About halfway into the one-hour tape, Reeves and another detective informed Huguely that Love was dead, prompting a shocked response from Huguely.

“She’s dead? She’s dead? She’s dead?” Huguely asked. “How? How is she dead?”

“You’re here because she’s dead,” one of the detectives said.

“I don’t believe that she’s dead. She’s not dead,” he said, repeating those three words again several times.

“Please tell me she’s not dead,” Huguely said. “There’s no way she’s dead. There’s no way. There’s no way.”

A slapping sound echoed through the courtroom, apparently Huguely slamming his hands or arms on the table. The tape was facing jurors and was not visible to family and spectators.

The tape’s audio quality was poor, and many of the questions and responses were difficult to understand. Jurors, many of whom have taken notes through three days of testimony, leaned over and looked intently at the screen.

During the first half of the police interrogation, Huguely agreed to waive his right to an attorney present. He made rambling and seemingly contradictory statements.

Huguely shifted in his seat during the playing of the videotape. When he was told of Love’s death on the video, he became more emotional and rubbed his eyes and appeared to be crying.

Prosecutors have presented former teammates of Love’s and Huguely’s who testified of their fiery relationship and infidelities. Huguely’s teammates also said that he had been drinking more, and that they had considered an intervention.

During the interrogation tape, Huguely said he had drank heavily the day before Love’s death at a father-son golf outing at the Wintergreen resort. He said he drank beer while playing and wine at dinner that night.

Huguely was also questioned about Love’s laptop, which was taken from her apartment. His attorneys have said he took the computer so Love would seek him out later.

But police and prosecutors said he tried to delete an email he sent to Love days earlier in which he wrote “I should have killed you” when he learned of her infidelity with a North Carolina lacrosse player.

While Huguely and Love dated for two years, their relationship at the time of her death was sputtering. Months before her death, a witness said he saw Love in Huguely’s chokehold. She had accused him of cheating.

Defense attorneys have yet to present their case,

During earlier testimony on Friday, a physician said Love did not have any pre-existing heart conditions that contributed to her death.

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Rival Testifies He Saw Huguely Choke Love Months Before Death

Posted on 09 February 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The romantic rival of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend testified Thursday that he saw the defendant with his arm around her neck months before her death.

Mike Burns talked about the chokehold at George Huguely V’s murder trial. Huguely is accused of killing Yeardley Love in May 2010 by slamming her head against a wall. Huguely’s defense maintains Love died in part by taking the prescription drug Adderall and drinking alcohol.

Love was on Virginia’s women’s lacrosse team. Burns played for North Carolina.

At a party at Huguely’s apartment complex three months before Love’s death, Burns said he heard yells from Huguely’s bedroom. When he walked in, he saw Huguely with his arm around her neck and midsection, he said.

“What did George do?” prosecutor David Chapman said.

“George let go of her,” Burns said.

Love was crying hysterically after Huguely released her and she fled, Burns said. Love later told Burns that Huguely wanted to talk but she was resisting, Burns said.

Chapman produced an email earlier this week in which Huguely accused Love of having a relationship with Burns.

“When I found out about Mike Burns, I should have killed you,” the email said, according to Chapman.

Burns testified that he and Love “hooked up” several times beginning in the 2008, including after the night at the party.

Huguely and Love dated for two years, but in their final year of college, the relationship turned hot and cold, with arguments and angry and abusive emails.

Former Virginia lacrosse players and their friends also testified Thursday, describing a sexually-charged, alcohol-fueled atmosphere. He said the choking occurred at a party involving two apartment buildings in Charlottesville attended by 120 people.

Burns demonstrated on the prosecutor what he saw.

Tim Fuchs, a former Virginia lacrosse player, testified that he saw Love leave the bedroom.

“She seemed a little scared,” Fuchs said. “She was a little freaked out.”

Fuchs and others also talked about when Love walked in on Huguely, Fuchs and two high school girls from northern Virginia who were visiting the campus. Love confronted Huguely, asking if the girls were the same ones he had sent flirtatious text messages to.

Instead of answering, Huguely responded with insults, another witness said. Huguely’s relationship with the girls was not made clear during testimony.

Two former Huguely teammates also testified to his growing drinking problem, including a father-son golf tournament at which he began drinking at 9 a.m. and continued until he stumbled, slurred his words and made inappropriate remarks. Teammates were considering an intervention.

During earlier testimony Thursday, police officers who responded to what they thought was an alcohol overdose said they found Love’s bruised and bloodied body, and quickly realized her apartment was a crime scene.

Patrolman K.W. Chapman said he arrived at the apartment and found a hole in her bedroom door and her body lying on the floor next to her bed. She was wearing only underwear.

He kneeled down to check whether she was breathing and detected nothing. He then unsuccessfully tried CPR. He said Love’s face was bloodied, bruised and had scrapes.

“When I saw that, I knew that this was nowhere near the report that I was given,” Chapman said.

Charlottesville Police Sgt. S.R. Bayles said after he viewed Love’s lifeless body, he concluded she had been the “victim of some act of violence” and began recording the apartment with a digital camera.

Love had a black eye and the side of her face had bruises, Bayles said.

When photos of the scene were shown to jurors, Huguely cast his eyes downward and fidgeted with his hands.

EMT crews that followed Chapman and his partner to Love’s apartment testified about the frantic efforts to revive her.

Huguely’s attorneys have said he was drunk the night Love died and incapable of plotting to kill her. They maintain Love, of Cockeysville, Md., died from a cardiopulmonary failure caused in part by Adderall and alcohol.

They also said the blood found at the base of Love’s brain wasn’t caused by Huguely but by forceful attempts to resuscitate her.

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Huguely Hinted of Killing Love in Earlier Email

Posted on 08 February 2012 by WNST Staff

By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A former University of Virginia lacrosse player and the ex-girlfriend he is accused of killing traded allegations of infidelity and angry emails in the months before her death, with one of his messages saying: “I should have killed you,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

George Huguely V faces first-degree murder and five other charges in the May 2010 death of Yeardley Love, who played on the woman’s lacrosse team. During opening statements Wednesday, Huguely’s attorneys said he was very drunk the night Love died and incapable of plotting to kill her. They also disputed evidence prosecutors said shows Love’s head hit a wall several times and that she died of blunt-force trauma.

Prosecutor Dave Chapman said Huguely had a pattern of violence against Love, and he intended to kill her and steal her laptop to get rid of incriminating evidence. Two days before Love’s death, Huguely accused Love in an email of having a relationship with a University of North Carolina lacrosse player, Chapman said.

“When I found out about Mike Burns, I should have killed you,” the email said, according to Chapman.

Love showed the email to her teammates, who testified about it.

Huguely and Love dated for two years, but in their final year of college it became an on-again, off-again relationship, with arguments and the exchange of angry and abusive emails.

Defense attorney Francis Lawrence said the relationship drama and infidelity went both ways. A videotape of Huguely’s interview with police will show he’s incapable of being a calculating criminal, he told the jury.

“He’s not complicated. He’s not complex. He’s a lacrosse player,” Lawrence said.

Huguely went to Love’s apartment to talk and work things out, not to kill her, Lawrence said. He took the laptop as “collateral” — a way to get her to continue to talk to him, not to destroy evidence.

The defense attorney said Huguely wasn’t aware Love was dead until police informed him later. His defense contends she died from a cardiopulmonary failure caused in part by taking prescription Adderall and drinking alcohol. He also said the blood found at the base of Love’s brain wasn’t caused by Huguely but by forceful attempts to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The afternoon’s witnesses included Love’s roommates and lacrosse teammates, Kaitlin Duff and Caity Whiteley. The women discussed Love’s on-again, off-again relationship with Huguely, including details of arguments and a conversation with two men’s tennis players in which Love inadvertently discovered Huguely was dating another woman.

The prosecutor questioned the women about the content of the emails exchanged between Love and Huguely in the week before her death. Duff said Love told her and other teammates about the emails, but admitted she never saw the word “kill” first hand.

Whiteley said that Love did have “some sort of relationship” with Burns, the North Carolina lacrosse player who was a friend of Whiteley from high school.

The women also recounted what the three friends did in the days and hours leading up to Love’s death, including many outings in which they consumed alcohol. Whiteley and Love were planning to go out the last night she saw her alive, but Whiteley said Love ended up staying in.

Whiteley and a friend, U.Va. tennis player Philippe Oudshoorn, discovered Love unresponsive, face down in her bed, when the two returned to the apartment in the early morning hours. She started crying as she testified about seeing blood on the bedding, along with cuts and assorted injuries on her roommate’s face.

She said she gave officers information about Huguely soon after they arrived on the scene, and also told them about the emails.

The defense attorney tried to point to prior statements Whiteley made about how many drinks Love consumed during their outings on the last day she was seen alive. He also indicated that Whiteley had told officers investigating Love’s death that she thought Love was drunk and was going to “pass out.”

But Whiteley denied Wednesday that Love was “crazy or out of control.”

The first witnesses included Love’s mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie, and the girls’ cousin, Mary Ryan McChesney, who talked about finding out about Love’s death and heading to Charlottesville to gather her belongings.

Love’s downstairs neighbor, Anna Lehmann, talked about hearing a very loud sound in the apartment above her, along with loud footsteps. She testified she saw a stocky male, about 6 feet tall, with brown hair and wearing a royal blue shirt leaving the building about 10 minutes later.

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Exposure For Local Schools as ESPN Announces 2012 Lacrosse Schedule

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ESPN announces its extensive 2012 college lacrosse coverage across ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN3 with a schedule featuring nationally-ranked programs, top-caliber games and the addition of the ACC Men’s and Women’s and BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The schedule includes 49 total games – featuring 39 regular-season matchups, 37 men’s and two women’s games – plus the crowing of six conference champions on ESPNU and ESPN3. Coverage begins with No. 4 Johns Hopkins hosting Towson on Friday, Feb. 17, at noon on ESPNU.

Schedule highlights:

  • At least one appearance from each team in the top 10 of Inside Lacrosse Division Preseason Rankings and 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championship, including seven appearances from the defending champion Virginia
  • ESPN will air two top-10 games – No. 7 Syracuse at No. 1 Virginia on Sunday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. and the Cavaliers at No. 6 North Carolina on Sunday, April 7, at noon
  • A rematch of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship game between No. 8 Maryland and top-ranked Virginia on Saturday, March 31, at noon on ESPNU
  • ESPN3 will offer eight exclusive games including three appearances by second-ranked Duke – at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 18, at No. 8 Maryland on Saturday, March 3 and at Georgetown on Saturday, March 24
  • Games from four in-season tournaments – Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore) on Saturday, March 10, Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.) on Sunday, April 1, ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.) on Saturday, April 14 and Mile High Classic (Denver) on Friday, April 27
  • ESPNU will carry two regular-season women’s games plus the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship title match as part of ACC Monday on Monday, April 23, at 3 p.m.
  • Five men’s conference champions will be crowned on ESPNU or ESPN3
    • The entire ACC Championship will air live on ESPNU beginning with the semifinals on Friday, April 20 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. and the title game on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.
    • ESPNU will carry the final game of the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, May 5, at noon along with the first semifinal on Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.; in addition, the second semifinal tilt will be at 7 p.m. on ESPN3
    • ESPN3 will be the home to the Ivy League Championship semifinals on Friday, May 4, at 5 and 8 p.m., while ESPNU will offer the title game that Sunday at noon
    • The America East and ECAC champions will be crowned on ESPN3

This season, the network’s telecasts will include a deep roster of experienced and knowledgeable lacrosse analysts: Ryan Boyle (Four-time All-American at Princeton), Paul Carcaterra (All-American at Syracuse and a member of 1995 National Championship team), Mark Dixon (former Johns Hopkins midfielder), Ryan Flanagan (All-American defenseman at UNC), Quint Kessenich (Four-time All-American at Johns Hopkins), Jamie Munro (All-American at Brown and former Denver head coach) and Matt Ward (former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton winner). Play-by-play announcers include: ESPNU’s Anish Shroff, Joe Beninati (Bowdoin College goalie), Mike Corey, Ben Holden and Eamon McAnaney (Notre Dame defenseman). Newcomer Courtney Martinez Connor (Four-time NCAA Championship at Maryland) will handle analysis of the women’s games.

ESPN Network’s 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Regular-Season Schedule (Schedule subject to change; all times are Eastern) 

Date Time (ET) Game Network(s)
Fri, Feb 17 5 p.m. Towson at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Feb 18 1 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPN3
Tue, Feb 21 5 p.m. Delaware at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Feb 24 7 p.m. No. 8 Maryland at Georgetown ESPN3
Sat, Feb 25 noon Stony Brook at No. 1 Virginia ESPN3
  3 p.m. Siena at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Mar 2 5 p.m. No. 4 Johns Hopkins at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
Sat, Mar 3 1 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 8 Maryland ESPN3
Sun, Mar 4 4:30 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 1 Virginia ESPN / ESPN3
Tue, Mar 6 7 p.m.* Manhattan at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Wed, Mar 7 5 p.m. Towson at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (women’s) ESPNU
Sat, Mar 10 11 a.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): No. 16 Princeton vs. No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): No. 3 Cornell vs. No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): UMBC vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPN3
Fri, Mar 16 5 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina at No. 2 Duke ESPNU
Sat, Mar 17 2 p.m. No. 14 Penn at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, Mar 18 1 p.m. No. 5 Denver at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPNU
Sat, Mar 24 noon No. 8 Maryland at No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  noon No. 2 Duke at Georgetown ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 4 Johns Hopkins at No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Mar 31 noon No. 1 Virginia at No. 8 Maryland ESPNU
Sun, Apr 1 1 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 9 Notre Dame vs. St. John’s ESPN3
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Apr 6 6 p.m.* Albany vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Arp 7 noon No. 1 Virginia at No. 6 North Carolina ESPN / ESPN3
Wed, Apr 11 5:30 p.m. No. 8 Virginia at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (women’s) ESPNU
Fri, Apr 13 6 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Apr 14 11 a.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.): Rutgers vs. No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.): No. 11 Hofstra at No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 8 Maryland at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Apr 20 5 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sat, Apr 21 3 p.m. Georgetown at No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 10 Villanova ESPNU
Sun, Apr 22 3 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Final ESPNU
Mon, Apr 23 7 p.m. ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship as part of ACC Monday (Durham, N.C.): Final ESPNU
Fri, Apr 27 7:30 p.m. Mile High Classic (Denver, Colo.): No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 14 Penn ESPN3
  10 p.m. Mile High Classic (Denver, Colo.): Duke at Denver ESPNU
Sat, Apr 28 5 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 3 Cornell at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
Thu, May 3 4:30 p.m. BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  7 p.m. /10:30 p.m.* BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3 / ESPNU*
TBD TBD ECAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Site TBD): Final ESPN3
Fri, May 4 5 p.m. Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  8 p.m. Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
Sat, May 5 noon BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Final ESPNU
  2 p.m. Army at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, May 6 10 a.m. America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship (campus of highest seed): Final ESPNU
  noon Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Final ESPNU

* – tape delay; rankings from Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll

For the sixth straight year, ESPN networks will provide exclusive coverage of all 15 games from the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Coverage will be in high definition across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU beginning Saturday, May 12 and concluding with the national title game on Monday, May 28. ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile will also feature select games. In addition, the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinals and national title game will be aired on ESPN networks on Friday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27.

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Maryland Announces 2012 Lax Schedule

Posted on 10 January 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Maryland men’s lacrosse coach John Tillman has released the Terps’ 2012 schedule. The schedule features six games against teams that made the 2011 NCAA tournament and seven home games scheduled for Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Tickets will not be needed for the April 28 match vs. Bellarmine as that will be the featured athletic event of Maryland Day and will be open to the public as a part of the festivities on campus.

In addition to the Maryland Day game, the home schedule also features the rematch of the 2011 NCAA championship game in College Park as Maryland hosts Virginia on March 31 at noon and the annual intra-state rivalry with Navy on April 6 at 7 p.m.

“As always, this is a challenging schedule that will test our team from beginning to end,” said Tillman, who is entering his second season at the helm of the Terrapin program.

The Terps are coming off last year’s 13-5 campaign that saw them capture the ACC championship and reach the finals of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. Maryland returns five regular starters from last season’s squad, but also returns All-America face-off man Curtis Holmes.

Following two preseason scrimmages, the 2012 schedule kicks off with the first-ever meeting with Hartford on Feb. 18.

The following weekend finds Maryland traveling to Washington, D.C., for its annual showdown with Georgetown on Friday, Feb. 24.

The Terps then host its first ACC game of the season, a rematch of the ACC title game vs. Duke on March 3.

The team then has a quick turnaround with a road game at intra-state rival UMBC on Tuesday, March. 6.

The team plays Marist for the first time on March 10, before hosting Villanova on March 17.

The Terps conclude their ACC schedule with back-to-back games with North Carolina and Virginia. Maryland visits the Tar Heels on March 24, before hosting the Cavaliers on March 31. Both games are scheduled for noon starts.

Maryland hosts Navy in a primetime Friday night game on April 6 before traveling to Johns Hopkins on April 14 for the 108th meeting of “Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry.”

Maryland then travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the 2012 ACC Tournament at Klöckner Stadium on April 20 and 22.

The Terps will play at Mount St. Mary’s on April 25 before wrapping up the home schedule with Senior Day vs. Bellarmine on April 28.

A road game at Colgate on May 5 will provide the final tune-up for the NCAA tournament, which is set to begin on the weekend on May 12-13 and conclude with the National Championship game on Memorial Day, May 28, in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

2012 Schedule
Day Date Opponent LocationTime
Sat. Feb. 18 HARTFORD College Park, Md. 1 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 24 at Georgetown Washington, D.C. 7 p.m.
Sat. March 3 DUKE * College Park, Md. 1 p.m.
Tues. March 6 at UMBC Baltimore, Md. 7 p.m.
Sat. March 10 MARIST College Park, Md. 1 p.m.
Sat. March 17 VILLANOVA College Park, Md. 1 p.m.
Sat. March 24 at North Carolina * Chapel Hill, N.C. Noon
Sat. March 31 Virginia * College Park, Md. Noon
Fri. April 6 Navy College Park, Md. 7 p.m.
Sat. April 14 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. 6 p.m.
Fri. April 20 ACC Semifinals Charlottesville, Va. 5/7:30 p.m.
Sun. April 22 ACC Finals Charlottesville, Va. 3:30 p.m.
Wed. April 25 at Mount St. Mary’s Emmitsburg, Md. 7 p.m.

    MARYLAND DAY    
Sat. April 28 BELLARMINE College Park, Md. 1 p.m.

Sat. May 5 at Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. 1 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. May 12-13 NCAA Tournament Campus Sites TBA
Sat.-Sun. May 19-20 NCAA Quarterfinals Annapolis, Md. or Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
Sat. May 26 NCAA Semifinals Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium) 4/6:30 p.m.
Mon. May 28 NCAA Championship Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium) 3:30 p.m.
Home games in BOLD CAPS are played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Dates, times and location are subject to change.
* ACC game

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Terrapin Classic Lafayette @ Maryland (Wednesday 12pm Comcast Center), Delaware/ECU @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jermain Taylor vs. Jessie Nicklow (Friday 11pm from Cabazon, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Gilman Bristow Tournament feat. Gilman, Mt. Carmel, Coppin Academy (Tuesday & Wednesday Gilman School)

10. Dark Star Orchestra (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Halestorm (Thursday 6:30pm Rams Head Live), Child’s Play (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Friday 8pm Recher Theatre); SOJA (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Matisyahu (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Drive-By Truckers (Thursday-Saturday 9:30 Club); Charlie Wilson/Melanie Fiona (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center-Lyric Opera House); The Roots (Thursday & Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Little Feat (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); The Wailers (Thursday 7pm State Theatre); Downtown Countdown feat. Carbon Leaf (Saturday 9pm Hyatt Regency); Downtown Countdown DC feat. Third Eye Blind/Dirty Heads (Saturday 9pm Washington Hilton)

I saw SOJA open for O.A.R. at Merriweather Post Pavilion this summer. Not only did I sense I would enjoy their music, I also sensed there was no possible way these guys ever used any marijuana…

You might have missed it at the end of the year, but The Roots’ “Undun” was one of the best records of the last 12 months…

This is the part of T10BD where we listen to Little Feat play “Fat Man in the Bathtub”…

Look, if I WASN’T an obsessed 3eb fan, I’d tell you that.

9. Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Saturday 9pm Inner Harbor); Jeff Dunham (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Archer Season 2 available on DVD (Tuesday); Tournament of Roses Parade (Monday 11am from Pasadena, CA live on ABC)

Just for the record, my services are available for NYE at the moment. I have no current commitments.

What services can I offer on NYE? I guess you could say I’m a bit like the moose from Family Guy…

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