Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Huguely Convicted of Second-Degree Murder

George Huguely has been convicted of murdering Yeardley Love, every media outlet on the planet reports. After only a day’s deliberation, the jury convicted the former UVA student of second-degree murder for his role in the 2010 death of his girlfriend and fellow UVA lacrosse player. It became clear over the course of the two-week trial that a conviction was likely, but as unflattering portraits of both the accused and the victim emerged, with UVA’s culture of functional student alcoholism front and center, the speculation boiled down to whether Huguely would be convicted of first-degree murder, or second-degree murder. Huguely’s legal team presented alternate theories about the cause of Love’s death—without seriously challenging the notion that Huguely beat her terribly—including that she was smothered by passing out on a pillow soaked in her own blood and that she fatally combined alcohol and her ADD medication, presumably to create doubt in the minds of jurors that Huguely’s actions were the sole cause of Love’s death. The case captured the attention of national media, with dozens of journalists and their crews camping out at the courthouse for the trial.

Next up: Sentencing. Huguely is facing the possibility of life in prison.

10:50 PM Update: He’s been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Halfaday Indicted by a Grand Jury

One-time Democratic City Council Candidate James Halfaday has been indicted for election fraud, the Daily Progress reports. In his candidacy filing he claimed to live in the city when, in fact, he lived in the county. He also claimed to be the co-owner of a local gym, but had nothing to do with it. Halfaday claims to be a 32-year-old, openly gay American Indian from Dumferline, Illinois, but at this point, it’s possible that none of that is true. It’s expected that he’ll plead guilty at his court date in a couple of weeks. Assuming that it’s § 24.2-1016 he’s been charged under, then he’s facing a year in prison or a fine of $2,500.

The Huguely Media Circus Begins

The city is doing its best to accomodate the 35 media outlets covering George Huguely’s murder trial, Ted Strong writes in the Progress. Nearly two hundred people will descend on the town for the two-week trial, which starts tomorrow. CBS-19’s Bailey Disselkoen reports that satellite trucks are already lined up near the court house, and Fourth Street will be closed for the duration so that the 15–19 plus-sized vehicles will have a place to park. The mechanics of having so many reporters in a small place present some real obstacles, but the city, the sheriff’s office, and the court are all trying to deal with those problems.



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