George Huguely Trial: Other Man Saw Yeardley Love in Violent Choke Hold


"After seeing the damage, I stepped into the room and I saw the young lady on the floor," Bayles testified. "What I saw changed what happened. From my experience, I could see that she was obviously the victim of violence."

Prosecutors claim that Huguely kicked a hole in Love's bedroom door and put his hand through the hole to unlock the door.

Huguely's attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence told the jury in his opening statement that Love's death was not something Huguely planned or wanted to happen.

"Involuntary manslaughter could and should be only thought at this time. Please take careful deliberation," Lawrence said. He repeatedly said that Huguely had "no intent" to kill Love.

"He's not complicated. He's not complex. He's a lacrosse player," Lawrence said.

Lawrence said that while being questioned by police, a shocked Huguely rocked back and forth with his head between his knees saying, "She is not dead. I didn't. I didn't. I didn't…I never did anything that could do that to her. I refuse to believe she is dead because nothing that happened last night could've killed her."

An enraged Huguely allegedly kicked through the door of Love's bedroom the night she died and shook her, banging her head against the wall, before leaving her bleeding. A bloody Love was later found face-down on her bed by a roommate. Her face was covered in scrapes and bruises, according to a police warrant, and her right eye was swollen shut.

The defense painted a picture of Huguely and Love's relationship as one that was full of drama, with both college seniors cheating on each other.

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