Lacrosse Murder Defense: Yeardley Love's Death Was An Accident


Chapman also claimed that Huguely had been violent with Love before. He said that three months before Love's death, friends saw Huguely put Love in a choke hold and that she was very embarrassed about the incident.

The trial began this morning following the selection a jury of seven men and seven women, which included two alternates. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

It took two days for the court to whittle down the pool of 160 potential jurors to 14 people. During questioning, many said they would not be able to be impartial in the trial.

Supporters of the Love and Huguely families were in court throughout the lengthy jury selection process, presenting contrasting dynamics between the two groups.

The Love family and their friends often wear pink to court, sitting as a united front. The judge prohibited any insignia in the courtroom. Love's mother Sharon Love and sister Lexie are the center of the group. Yeardley Love's former roommate Caitlin Whiteley has also been in court with a group of friends.

Huguely has shown little emotion, often turning to look at his family and taking notes while potential jurors were questioned. He sat straight in his chair, but the 6-foot-2 athlete's chair was lower than those of his attorneys, making him look smaller.

Huguely's supporters have been dressed in khaki pants, white shirts, navy blazers and colorful ties. His two rows of family members included his mother, her new husband and some young cousins.

Love was a star lacrosse player at the school and a senior just weeks away from graduation. Huguely was also a lacrosse player for the school's nationally ranked team.

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