The temper of the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend was on full display in 2008 when the suspect's father called Florida police to the family's luxurious yacht with a domestic abuse complaint.
When police motored out to the yacht, George Huguely V jumped into the Atlantic Ocean and began swimming to shore, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.
The family's 40-foot yacht, named "The Real Deal," was a quarter of a mile off shore from the glamourous Ritz Carlton Hotel, police said.
The domestic abuse complaint had been filed by the suspect's own father George Huguely IV.
No arrests were made, and Huguely was picked up by a passing boater without injury. The incident occurred not far from the family's million-dollar estate in the wealthy coastal town of Manalapan, Fla.
Huguely's tumultuous history is emerging in the wake of the brutal murder of Yeardley Love, 22, who was found dead in her Charlottesville apartment early Monday morning.
Huguely is now facing first degree murder charges in Love's death.
The university has announced that the star lacrosse player will receive a posthumous degree with the rest of her class.
Love's uncle, Granville Swope, told ABC News that his niece was a "delightful lady in every respect."
"She was just wonderful," said Swope, who asked for privacy for Love's grieving mother and older sister.
At an emotional candlelight vigil Wednesday night students on the pristine campus shared the Love's family loss, sobbing as they listened to the tributes to their teammate.
University President John T. Casteen III told them to not ignore signs of abuse in their relationships or in the relationships of people they know.
"Tuck away in your soul the knowledge that neither Yeardley Love nor any woman attacked ever deserved it," Casteen said.
At a news conference earlier in the day, Casteen said Love would receive her degree posthumously with the rest of her class later this month.
Love's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Her ex-boyfriend, varsity men's lacrosse player Huguely, also 22, has been charged in her murder. Though Huguely was by all outward appearances a star all-American athlete, troubling past incidences of violence and alcohol abuse continue to bubble up as police press their investigation.
Lexington, Va., Police Officer Rebecca Moss wound up on the ground, wrestling with Huguely during an arrest in 2008 that ended with a conviction for public intoxication and resisting arrest.
"We did end up on the ground at one point," she said. "I kept telling him stop resisting, he needed to comply with my orders."
Moss said she was forced to use a Taser on the 6'2" and 209 pound Huguely after he hurled racial and sexual obscenities at her and threatened her life, telling the officer, "I'll kill you. I'll kill all of y'all. I'm not going to jail."
A Rockbridge, Va., courthouse clerk told ABC News that Huguely was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and public swearing. He received 60-day suspended sentence, six months probation, a $100 fine and was required to complete 50 hours of community service and attend substance abuse counseling. According to the clerk, Huguely completed all of these requirements.