George Huguely Trial Jury Deliberations: Will George Huguely Go Free?

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On Wednesday, jurors in former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V's murder trial will begin deliberations to decide the 24-year-old's fate and two legal experts have told that it is possible that Huguely could be free by the end of the week.

Huguely faces six charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of former girlfriend Yeardley Love. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Though charged with first-degree murder, a Charlottesville, Va., judge gave jurors a menu of lesser charges to choose from: second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. He could also be found not guilty.

Neither the prosecution nor the defense denies that Huguely was in Yeardley's room the night of her death and was involved in some altercation with her. They differ on the severity of the encounter and whether Huguely was directly and intentionally responsible for Love's death.

Depending on the jury's verdict, Huguely could be sentenced to anywhere from one day to life in prison.

Huguely has been in jail for about 21 months and could get credit for time served, so a sentencing of anywhere up to roughly 21 months could allow him to go free.

"If he were to be convicted for manslaughter, it is a possibility that he would be given a sentence that would mean he was out," Anne Coughlin, a professor of law at the University of Virginia, told "It's a very significantly reduced penalty when we compare it to the penalty for murder."

After closely following the trial, Coughlin believes that all four charges are "still on the table."

Charlottesville attorney Scott Goodman said it is nearly impossible to predict what the jurors will decide since they are the only ones who have seen all of the evidence, which includes emails, text messages and video that the public was not allowed to see.

"They saw the emails, the texts, the video," Goodman said. "Only those 12 people have seen it."

The jury is made up of 14 people: 12 main jurors and two alternates. There are seven women and seven men, ranging from their late 20s to early 50s.

Court will reconvene at 9 a.m. on Wednesday for the jury to being their deliberations. The two alternates will be released Wednesday morning.

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Jurors could reach a verdict as early as Wednesday. If the verdict is guilty, the jurors will reconvene as early as Thursday for a sentencing hearing.

During a sentencing hearing, Huguely's parents will likely testify. They have stayed out of court for the duration of the trial so that they would be able to testify at the sentencing. The defense could also potentially call psych experts or other medical experts to testify on Huguely's behalf.

Following any final testimony, closing arguments will once again be delivered with prosecutors pleading for how much time they believe Huguely should served based on the convictions he receives.

The jury will then go back into deliberations to decide on a sentence to suggest to the judge. Virginia is one of only a handful of states in the U.S. that allows jurors to deliberate on the sentencing. The jurors will give their suggestion to the judge, who will ultimately have the final say.

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