The trial has revealed the tumultuous nature of Huguely and Love's relationship, complete with jealousy, infidelity and more than one aggressive encounter between the two. Other friends of the former couple testified earlier in the trial that they had walked in on Huguely with a terrified Love struggling to breathe as he held her in a choke hold.
Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday after interviewing nearly 50 witnesses in about five and a half days in court. 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 ABCNews.com. "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?"
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.
Christina Ng contributed to this story from New York.