George Huguely Trial: What’s The DefensePosted: February 17, 2012
8/31/2012: Huguely sentenced to 23 years in prison. Defense recommended 14 years and prosecution argued for 25 years. Love’s family has filed civil suits against Huguely and UVA (Huguely was reported to UVA for prior violence-beating up a lacrosse player).
2/23/2012 Update: Huguely convicted of second degree murder. Jury recommends 26 years in prison. Maximum sentence is 40 years. Sentencing in April 2012. Jury deliberated 9 hours.
In response to this tragedy, Virginia now has a new law allowing protective orders in dating relationships. And, according to Kristi VanAudenhove of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, “Yeardley Love’s death resulted in a great awakening for many individuals in Virginia and across the country about the dangers that exists in violent dating relationships. It has also sparked conversations at colleges and universities about how to improve policies and services for students experiencing sexual and domestic violence.”
Get drunk, kick down your ex-girlfriend’s locked bedroom door, and violently shake her as her head repeatedly hits the wall and leave her in a pool of blood to die a painful death. That’s exactly what George Huguely, a 24-year-old UVA lacrosse player, allegedly admitted to, yet, the defense claims he had no intent to kill his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, and his actions weren’t the cause of her death. Complete acquittal? No murder. No manslaughter. Just an accident.
The defense claims she “suffocated” in her pillow. She had a blood alcohol level of .14. She had an “abnormal brain”. And, the head injuries weren’t the cause of her death.
The coroner found “blunt force trauma” to her head to be the cause of death. What explains the facial abrasions, the swollen shut right eye and the pool of blood?
Does it matter that she ended the relationship after he had her in a choke-hold witnessed by several Chapel Hill lacrosse players and that had hit her before? Does it matter that he sent her an email, “I should have killed you”, when he found out she was dating someone new?
Does the “I was drunk” defense negate intent to kill or premeditation ( first degree murder)? Isn’t ingesting alcohol a premeditated, deliberate and intentional act? And, waiting until she was home asleep in the early morning hours to kick down her door, isn’t that further evidence of premeditation and deliberation?
Or, do we give him a break because he was a jilted drunk college jock. Why? Drunk drivers are held accountable.
But, maybe, when it comes to dating relationships, murder just isn’t murder, it’s an accident. After all, I’m sure the defense will next claim, he loved her.
Domestic violence isn’t about love, it’s about power and control. And, Yeardley Love’s death is another tragic example of what happens when women leave.
Simply my opinion, what say you?