Love's medical records: Should hearing be closed?
In a rare agreement with the defense, Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman said he'd like a November 7 hearing on motions concerning the medical records of slain UVA student Yeardley Love closed. Attorneys for alleged killer George Huguely have filed motions seeking Love's medical records and were in Charlotesville Circuit Court October 26 for a brief hearing.
"In light of the sensitivity of the issue, the hearing on the merit of the motions should be in camera," said Chapman. 'We need to do anything to minimize the information out there in order to have an impartial jury from this community."
"We want everyone on the same page to avoid multiple hearings," said defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana, in anticipation that the prosecution will file motions to quash subpoenas for Love's medical records and prescriptions from health-care providers.
In a hearing in December, Judge Robert Downer agreed Huguely's attorneys could see records relating to her use of Adderall, which was found in her blood, but would not allow "a fishing expedition."
Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire said the November 7 hearing will determine what is being sought and why, and whether the hearing should be closed or in open court.
The former CourtTV network, now called In Session, has filed a request to put three cameras in the courtroom. Huguely's attorneys ask that motion to televise the proceedings be denied.
The defense also wants photographs of Love after attempts to resuscitate her using CPR, as well as her autopsy photos, excluded from the trial. And citing intense, "prejudicial" media coverage, exhibits of which are nearly a foot high, Huguely's attorneys also want the jury sequestered during the February trial.
Love, a fourth-year student weeks from graduation, was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2010, from what the medical examiner called blunt force trauma.
Huguely, her former boyfriend, told police they'd had a fight in which "her head repeatedly hit the wall." He's been in jail since last May and is charged with six felonies, including murder.
–updated October 27.