In Virginia, the jury continues deliberating in the murder trial of George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.
Early into this first full day of deliberation, the jury asked for clarification on the word "reason." The judge told jurors to apply the common use of the word and asked attorneys on both sides to stay close to the courtroom in case any additional questions were asked. They also sent a note to the judge Wednesday afternoon asking about the levels of homicide and causes of death under consideration.
During the trial, which included testimony from more than 50 witnesses, the defense team suggested that Yardley Love's death in 2010 was the result of an argument with the defendant -- her ex-boyfriend George Hugely -- that spiraled out of control. Prosecutors maintain Hugely killed Love during a drunken jealous rage. The defense says the death was accidental.
In a police interview video, Hugeley admitted he shook Love and maybe grabbed her neck, but insists he didn't kill her.
Love was found battered and bruised in her bedroom, and a coroner concluded she died as a result of blunt force trauma. Medical experts offered various possible causes for her death -- a bruised and bleeding brain or smothering in her blood-dampened pillow.
Huguely is charged with 1st degree murder, felony murder and related
charges. Jurors have also been instructed to consider 2nd degree murder,
as well as voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Huguely has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In the event that a guilty verdict is reached, jurors will begin a second, sentencing phase of the trial.