Published December 16, 2010
Attorneys defending a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering a member of the women's team are asking for the woman's medical records in an attempt to show that prescription drugs caused her death.
George Huguely is accused of beating to death 22-year-old Yeardley Love, his former girlfriend and an accomplished women's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia.
Love, of Cockeysville, Md., was found May 4 lying in a pool of blood in her off-campus apartment, with one eye swollen shut and a large bruise on her face caused by "blunt force trauma," authorities said.
Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged with first degree murder in Love's death. The 23-year-old allegedly forced his way into Love's bedroom where he shook her and slammed her head repeatedly against a wall.
On Wednesday, defense attorneys for Huguely asked a Charlottesville judge for access to Love's medical records, saying the cause of her death is still inconclusive.
The Daily Progress reports a pathologist testified he disagrees with the medical examiner's finding that Love died from blunt-force trauma to the head. He believes Love suffered a lack of oxygen brought on by an irregular heartbeat.
Jack Daniel, a forensic consultant, testified on Wednesday that Love had the drug Adderall in her system at the time of her death, WHSV.com reports. Daniel reportedly argued that Love died from cardiac arrhythmia -- not blunt force trauma.
But Dr. Bill Gormley, the medical examiner who performed Love's autopsy, said the amount of Adderall in Love's system was not enough to have contributed to her death. Gormley ruled that the young woman died from blunt force injuries.
A Charlottesville judge is currently reviewing the defense attorneys' request. A judge said Wednesday he will examine Love's university medical records before deciding whether Huguely's attorneys can have them.
Love's mother, Sharon Love, reportedly asked that her daughter's records not be released in a letter presented to the court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report