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Huguely Murder Trial Enters Second Week

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The trial of George Huguely V, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player charged with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, has entered its second week with testimony from a Charlottesville police officer who described scrapes and bruises to the defendant's arms and legs, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors continue to call witnesses, which on Monday included Officer Jeremy Carper with the Charlottesville Police Department, who was one of the arresting officers.

During prosecution questioning, Carper identified the bruises and scrapes on Huguely's arms and legs from photographs taken after the arrest of the defendant from Chevy Chase, Md. The questioning is apparently intended to support the prosecution's claim of a violent final encounter with his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

Last week jurors saw a videotaped interview with Huguely, only hours after Love's body was discovered. In the tape, Huguely described how he had been drinking all day, and later got into an argument with Love, kicking in her door and shaking her.

Prosecutors also questioned the responding paramedics, who described Love as "obviously the victim of some act of violence."

On the first day of testimony, witnesses including Love's mother, sister, and former roommate described the tumultuous relationship between Love and Huguely, including an email in which Huguely said he should have killed Love after finding out she was involved with another man.

The defense has cast Love's death as an accident, saying that she died from asphyxia caused by heavy alcohol consumption.


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