Jury Selection Ongoing in Huguely Trial
A flood of media has converged this week in the small college town of Charlottesville, Va. -- with television trucks lining the streets leading to a downtown courthouse -- for the start of the first-degree murder trial of George Huguely, accused in the death of former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
The events that shocked and saddened the lacrosse community and grabbed national headlines in May 2010 will be revisited in what is expected to be a two-week trial. On Monday, Huguely, the former Virigina men's lacrosse player, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five other charges against him. He faces life in prison.
Jury selection began Monday and continued Tuesday. A pool of 160 potential jurors was narrowed to about two dozen by late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are seeking a pool of 27 potential jurors from which to choose 12 jurors and three alternates. Twenty-five had been seated by Tuesday afternoon, and they were to return Wednesday morning. Once 27 have been identified, both sides will choose to six to dismiss and proceed to opening statements, which are expected to start Wednesday afternoon.
Yeardley Love's mother, Sharon Love, will be the first witness to testify, according to the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress. Lexie Love, Yeardley's sister, will be the second person to take the stand.
In court Tuesday, Huguely wore khakis, a black blazer and a tie, and remained quiet throughout the day, the Progress reported.
Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire ruled prior to the trial that no cameras would be allowed in the courtroom. Only a portion of the courtroom is reserved for artists to render drawings, although 200 news media have been credentialed to cover the trial.