George Huguely Trial: Defense and Prosecution Rest Their Cases


The defense is expected to present two more medical experts before resting its case. Prosecutors have said they hope to have their rebuttals today. If attorneys do not begin closing arguments today, they will present them on Wednesday and then hand the case over to the jurors.

The Charlottesville, Va., trial resumed briefly Friday, over Huguely's objection, but went into recess a few witnesses later because Quagliana was the attorney who has handled the defense's key medical witnesses. Huguely preferred not to proceed without both his lawyers, but the judge initially decided to carry on.

"We will not have any difficulty finishing tomorrow," Quagliana's co-counsel Fran Lawrence reassured the judge.

But the judge later postponed the session after Lawrence informed the court that Quagliana was too ill to defend her client.

The judge is expected to hand the case over to the jury Saturday or Wednesday.

"I think the jury will be persuaded that [Huguely] engaged in conduct that caused her death and there was some sufficient culpability," University of Virginia law professor Anne Coughlin told "The issue is how culpable. How culpable was his mental state?

"We know that he was in that room, that there was some conduct that caused death and the issue is what was in his mind?" Coughlin said.

Although Huguely, 24, was charged with first degree murder, along with five other charges, Coughlin anticipates that the judge will present the jurors with instructions that include a menu of options that include second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter.

Based on what Huguely is ultimately charged with, he faces anywhere from one year to life in prison.

"So you can see the stakes involved for both sides," Coughlin said. "It's huge. And it all comes down to his mental state."

Love, 22, was a star lacrosse player at the school and a senior weeks away from graduation. Huguely was also a lacrosse player for the school's nationally ranked team.

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