University of Virginia Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Severely Beaten, Court Docs Say

Police say Yeardley Love severly beaten, suffered blunt force trauma.

May 03, 2010, 2:33 PM

May 4, 2010— -- The University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his girlfriend told police that he kicked in her door and shook her violently, repeatedly banging her head against the wall, according to court documents released today.

The body of Yeardley Love, 22, was found Monday after an early morning 911 call, face down on her pillow in a pool of blood. Her face was covered in scrapes and bruises, according to the warrant, and her right eye was swollen shut. A large bruise on the right side of her face "appears to have been caused by blunt force trauma," according to a police request for a search warrant.

Click here to read the search warrants in the case against George Huguely.

According to the documents, George Huguely, also 22, waived his Miranda rights and spoke with police, telling them how he kicked through a door on his way to Love's bedroom. Police reported that it looked like the door to her room had been punched through, with hairs still visible hear the hole.

Huguely had cuts on his leg, the document said.

Love, who was a varsity lacrosse player on the women's team, was already dead when police arrived, though rescue personnel tried to revive her.

He told police he and Love had broken up and that he had communicated with her through emails. Before leaving her room, Huguely told police according to the documents, he took her communications and "disposed of it." The police document says Huguely told investigators where to find Love's computer.

Huguely was charged with first-degree murder and held without bond. Huguely's lawyer said today during a bond hearing that Love's death was an "accident."

"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," said Francis Lawrence, Huguely's lawyer.

Stephen Murman, central regional director for the Virgnia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told that an autopsy was performed on Love's body this morning, the procedure attended by police officials. He did not release an official cause of death.

They expect to release the body to her family soon.

Huguely appeared at the hearing by videoconference wearing a gray-striped jail uniform. He spoke only at the end of the hearing to say, "Thank you your honor." His parents sat in the audience, but said nothing.They later left through a back entrance without talking to reporters.

Outside the court, Lawrence said Huguely had withdrawn from the university today, the last day of classes before finals.

"Until more information becomes available," he said, "it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case."

The couple, both from well-to-do Maryland families, had been dating for about a year and a half. Their on and off relationship had grown volatile in the weeks before her death.

Friends said Huguely had a temper and problems with alcohol. The the 6'2" and 209 pound athlete had been convicted in the past of public intoxication and resisting arrest in 2009.

Outpouring of Shock, Compassion at School and Online

The families are saying little, but Huguely's grandfather George Huguely III said publicly that Huguely is "a good kid" and that "hopefully he will be graduating."

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said today that investigators are withholding information about Love's death, including a possible motive and even the students' families in order to build as strong a case as possible.

"There's still plenty of people we want to talk to, interviews that need to be done," he said.

It appears, he said, that there were no witnesses to Love's death or the moments that led up to it.

"He appeared upset by the circumstances he found himself in," Longo said of Huguely. "He was cooperative, [but] he was obviously distraught."

Love's death has stunned the college campus, now in its last day of classes before finals.

"It's just a really scary thing that happened and a lot of people are shaken up by it," one student said.

"We are all mourning. losing a member of our community it is really hard," Frances Caruy said, "knowing someone from our family is not here anymore."

Their player profiles on the university's sports website show talented athletes from promising backgrounds.

Love hailed from Cockeysville, Md., and attended the prestigious Notre Dame Preparatory School where she was all-county. At UVA, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Reached by telephone, Love's older sister Alexis said that for now, the family had no comment.

Huguely, according to his athletic profile, weighed more than 200 pounds and was All-American in high school.

A source in the university community who asked to remain anonymous said he was in disbelief when he heard the allegations against against Huguely.

"I was in shock," said the source. "And I immediately started questioning it."

"[Huguely] was always well liked well respected and had plenty of friends," said the source adding that Huguely could be described as a "big man on campus."

Huguely had dated and had an intimate relationship with Love for "at least a year and a half," according to the source, and had met because the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams frequently socialized.

"Their circle of friends, and it was a large circle, they all knew they were together," said the source.

The source declined to comment on Huguely or Yeardley's drinking and partying habits and when asked if Huguely was one to grow possessive of a girlfriend, the source said, "He was not the jealous type."

"He has a clean history and he had a good job lined up at a commerical real estate firm in Washington, D.C.," said the source.

UVA President: Slain Student Had 'Uncommon Talent and Promise'

In an interview posted on the Cavaliers' site in 2009, Love said it had been her dream to play lacrosse at Virginia and credited her high school coach with readying her for college sports.

"She not only prepared me to play at the college level, but she taught me important life lessons," Love said in the interview. "She always put a strong focus on good sportsmanship and working together as a team."

University President John Casteen issued a statement saying administrators are not only mourning Love, but that they "feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."

"That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her," Casteen said, calling Love "a student of uncommon talent and promise."

In a later statement, Casteen said Love "did not deserve to die."

"She deserved the bright future she earned growing up, studying here, and developing her talents as a lacrosse player," Casteen said in the statement. "She deserves to be remembered for her human goodness, her capacity for future greatness, and not for the terrible way in which her young life has ended."

ABC News' Michelle Ruiz and Ashleigh Banfield contributed to this report

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