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Case Timeline: The Huguely Trial

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May 3, 2010 – 2:00 a.m. UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love found dead in her apartment at 222 14th Street NW by her roommates. Initial calls were of a possible alcohol overdose. Within hours, police arrest fellow UVA student and men's lacrosse player George Huguely for the killing and charge him with first degree murder. More>>

May 4, 2010 – Search warrants and affidavits filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court detail a brutal scene, describing Love as badly beaten. Huguely says he and Love had been in a relationship that had recently ended. After waiving his Miranda rights, Huguely says he was involved in an altercation with Love and that during the course of the altercation he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall.  Huguely admits that he kicked his right foot through the door that leads to Love's bedroom. Huguely also says he took Love's computer, which had emails on it, and hid it. He later told police where it was. Huguely is held without bond and his attorney says the student did not intend to kill anyone. More>>

May 5, 2010 – Police search Huguely's apartment, seizing a red stained shirt, letter addressed to Love, two computers and a notebook, among other things.  More>>

May 5, 2010 - UVA officials speak publicly about death of Yeardley Love, acknowledge there may be gaps in the university's disciplinary system. More>>

May 6, 2010 – Charlottesville Circuit Court seals court records pertaining to the case with no public explanation. Details begin to emerge about Huguely's past run ins with the law, and overall volatile behavior, prompting questions directed at UVA officials as to the protocol for dealing with student arrests. More>>

May 8, 2010 - Three newspapers are challenging asking a judge to unseal a court order with information related to the case. More>>

May 11, 2010 - Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and University of Virginia President John Casteen meet to discuss changes to state law to require police to notify colleges and universities if a student is arrested. More>>

May 15, 2010 – UVA confirms that Huguely had attacked an unnamed lacrosse teammate in Feb. 2009. More>>

May 17, 2010 - Police agencies in Albemarle County and Charlottesville say there is not a specific system to notify University officials when a student is arrested in either jurisdiction. More>>

May 18, 2010 - Judge hears arguments on whether a court order that sealed search warrants related to the murder of Love should be made public. Decision deferred until May 26. More>>

May 26, 2010 – Judge dismisses petition by media consortium to have court documents unsealed. More>>

June 8, 2010 – Judge has partially unseals the case file in the case. Huguely court date is postponed to Oct. 7. More>>

July 1, 2010 – Judge unseals five of six search warrants issued in the wake of Love's murder. More>>

July 7, 2010 - Medical examiner releases Love's cause of death as blunt force trauma. More>>

July 8, 2010 – Unsealed Search warrants pertaining to the case released. More>>

July 9, 2010 - City of Charlottesville spokesman says police have the T-shirt that initially was missing from Love's apartment. More>>

August 18, 2010 - Newly released documents show that Love and Huguely allegedly quarreled shortly before her death. More>>

September 24, 2010 - Huguely preliminary hearing - originally set for Oct. 7 - rescheduled for January 21. More>>

December 09, 2010 – Search warrant for Huguely's Blackberry emails and text messages issued. More>>

December 14, 2010 – Defense team seeks all of Yeardley's medical records. More>>

December 15, 2010 – Judge decides he will review Yeardley Love's University of Virginia medical records before determining whether they will be released to George Huguely's attorneys.  Details of autopsy revealed in court. More>>

December 22, 2010 – Judge rules defense attorneys will not be able to review Yeardley's medical records. More>>

January 7, 2011 – Commonwealth's attorney issued five new charges in the case against Huguely:  felony murder, robbery, burglary, statutory burglary, and grand larceny. More>>

April 18, 2011 - Charlottesville Circuit Court judge sets trial date for February of 2012.  More>>

October 18, 2011 - Motion to review Yeardley's medical records filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court. More>>

October 26, 2011 - Hearing for review of medical records held in Charlottesville Circuit Court.Another hearing has been set for November 7, 2011.  Part of the medical records request will be taken up at that time. More>>

November 3, 2011 - Pretrial motions filed with Charlottesville Circuit Court. Defense wants to limit the testimony from the commonwealth's experts including the deputy medical examiner who performed Love's autopsy. Huguely's lawyers would also like to use parts of a tape interview between Huguely and police from the morning of May 3, 2010.  But they don't want certain photos used during the trial -including those of Love's bedroom, of Love's body and resuscitation efforts. Huguely's lawyers are also fighting a cameras in court request, and want potential jurors to answer a questionnaire.  The exact questions are under a court seal.  There is also a request to sequester the jury during the trial slated now for February.  Huguely would also like to have his family in the courtroom during the trial. Motions to be heard on December 7, 2011. More>>

November 4, 2011 - Cameras in court request filed. Motions to be heard on December 7, 2011. More>>

November 7, 2011 – Pretrial motions hearing held in Charlottesville Circuit Court.  Judge rules on several motions filed in early December. More>>

November 18, 2011 - Huguely defense team granted access to Yeardley Love's medical records. More>>

November 22, 2011 - Hearing held on jury selection issues. More>>

November 28, 2011 - Lawyers submit jury selection information to Charlottesville Circuit Court judge.  More>>

November 30, 2011 - Huguely defense team asks to have his family members testify via videotape, if he is convicted.

December 01, 2011 – Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire rules Huguely's mom, dad, sister or anyone else would have to choose to be at the trial or testify at sentencing, but not both, and if they spoke at sentencing, to do so in-person.    More>>

December 12, 2011 - More than 300 people summoned for jury duty in the first-degree murder case against George Huguely. More>>

December 14, 2011 – Huguely jury orientation details released.  The 320 people summoned for jury duty for the case will all descend on the Charlottesville Circuit Courthouse Monday, December 19. More>>

December 18, 2011 – The 320 potential jurors report to Charlottesville Circuit Court. More>>

January 19, 2012 - New forensic court filings: blood test on one piece of evidence doesn't match the victim or the suspect. More>>

January 26, 2012 - Huguely's defense team and the commonwealth's attorney were both in court for a pretrial motions hearing; judge ruled that Love's medical records will be fair game during the trial except for what he described as "one episode."  A defense request to have the jury sequestered was denied, and potential jurors will not be shown graphic photos so their responses can be observed. More>>

February 01, 2012 - Jury notices mailed. More>>

February 02, 2012 - UVA issues statements and emails in preparation for the trial.  More>>

February 02, 2012 - Protective barrier placed outside Charlottesville Circuit Court to keep Huguely from being seen while making his way into court. More>>

February 03, 2012 - Final motions hearing held at Charlottesville Circuit Court.  Judge rules media cannot take photos of Huguely until after the jury has been seated. Judge Hogshire issues gag order for defense, the commonwealth and employees of the Charlottesville Police Department.  More>>

February 5, 2012 - Trial is turning the national media spotlight on Charlottesville. Journalists picked up their credentials Sunday, city says 172 people plan to cover the trial. More>>

February 6, 2012 - Trial Day 1. Jury selection begins. Huguely walked into the court room looking thinner, pale, and wearing a coat and tie. He pleaded not guilty on six felony charges. More>>

February 7, 2012 - Trial Day 2. Jury selection continues.  More potential jurors in court as both the prosecution and defense look to seat 12 jurors and three alternates. More>>

February 8, 2012 - Trial Day 3. Trial begins, jury is officially seated.  Prosecution and defense deliver opening statements.  Prosecution starts calling witnesses.  More>>

February 9, 2012 - Trial Day 4. Prosecution continues calling witnesses. More>>

February 10, 2012 - Trial Day 5. Prosecution continues calling witnesses. More>>

February 13, 2012 - Trial Day 6. Prosecution presents forensic evidence.  More>>

February 14, 2012 - Trial Day 7.  DNA evidence presented, Medical examiner testifies.  More>>

February 15, 2012 - Trial Day 8. Prosecution rests, defense witnesses begin. More>>

February 16, 2012 - Trial Day 9.  Trial postponed due to defense attorney illness.  More>>

February 17, 2012 - Trial Day 10 - Case continued due to attorney illness.  More>>

February 18, 2012 - Trial Day 11.  Defense rests its case, closing arguments presented.  Jury chooses to not begin deliberations, will wait until Wednesday Feb. 22.  More>>

February 22, 2012 - Trial Day 12 - Jury deliberations, Huguely found guilty of second-degree murder, grand larceny. More>>

April 16, 2012 - Sentencing set for August 30.  More>>

April 26, 2012 - Yeardley Love's mother files wrongful death lawsuit against George Huguely.  More>>

May 15, 2012 - Evidence from Huguely murder trial shown to public.  More>>

June 05, 2012 - Huguely defense files motion for new trial.  More>>

June 13, 2012 - Huguely defense files change of venue motion.  More>>

July 20, 2012 - Huguely defense seeks delay of wrongful death civil lawsuit.  More>>

August 04, 2012 - Huguely seeks sentencing delay.  More>>

August 07, 2012 - Final legal briefs filed.  Defense accuses commonwealth's attorney of Brady violation.  More>>

August 13, 2012 - Judge denies sentencing delay, sentencing set for August 30, 2012.  More>>

August 20, 2012 - Judge denies Brady violation request.  More>>

August 22, 2012 - Judge denies request for new trial.  More>>

August 30, 2012 - Huguely sentenced to 23 years in prison. More>>

September 03, 2012 - Huguely defense team announces they will seek an appeal.  More>>

September 25, 2012 - Huguely defense team files notice of appeal.  More>>

October 24, 2012 - Huguely appeal delayed.  More>>

January 22, 2013 - Huguely asks Virginia Court of Appeals for a new trial.  More>>

February 15, 2013 - Prosecutors file response to Huguely's appeal.  More>>

April 26, 2013 - Huguely granted hearing on appeal of murder conviction.  More>>

May 13, 2013 - Defense challenges a single judge's finding last month when he granted an appeal hearing on two of five arguments in the original appeal.  More>>

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