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Witnesses Testify About Abusive Relationship In Huguely Trial

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player and the ex-girlfriend he is accused of killing had fights often and traded angry emails in the months before her death.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys described the stormy relationship between George Huguely V and Yeardley Love during opening statements Wednesday, according to NBC Washington. Huguely faces murder and other charges in the May 2010 death of Love. She was on the women's lacrosse team.

Prosecutor Dave Chapman says Huguely had a pattern of violence against Love. He says the evidence will show that Huguely assaulted her. Love's mother, sister and former roommate testified in court Monday. The roommate testified that Love had shared emails in which Huguely said he should have killed Love after finding out she was involved with another man.

Defense attorney Frances Lawrence says Huguely was incapable of plotting to kill Love because he was very drunk the night of her death. While the defense had been advancing the theory that Love died of a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol, Lawrence took a different tack during his opening statement. He said that Love died of asphyxia caused by heavy alcohol consumption, and that the bleeding found in Love's brain can be attributed to the attempts to resuscitate her through CPR.

Lawrence says Huguely went to Love's apartment to talk and work things out, not to kill her.

Court documents say that Huguely told investigators that he kicked in Love's bedroom door and shook her during an argument, causing her head to hit a wall several times.

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