Arrest, foreclosure: As trial nears, woes swarm elder Huguely
The father of accused girlfriend-killer George Huguely V has had his own run-in with the law, and is facing three charges related to alleged drunk driving in Montgomery County, Maryland.
According to the Washington Examiner, George Wesley Huguely IV was arrested September 20 in Potomac after a police officer observed a dispute between Huguely and two joggers in which one of the runners allegedly hit Huguely's black Chevrolet Suburban. The officer followed the SUV and observed it driving erratically and going through a red light.
Huguely, 56, took a field sobriety test and was taken to the police station, where he refused to take an alcohol breath test, the Washington Post reports. He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, and for failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions.
Huguely père has had a series of financial setbacks since his son was arrested for the murder of Yeardley Love in May 2010, weeks before the two UVA lacrosse players were set to graduate.
Last December, an eight-acre parcel he owned on Morgantown Road in Ivy was scheduled for foreclosure, forestalled temporarily by the bankruptcy of a West Virginia partnership of which Huguely IV is the general partner.
Reports says he owes more than $1 million on his River Road home in Potomac, which is under foreclosure, and he's requested foreclosure mediation, the Examiner reports.
According to court testimony, Huguely father and son played golf together on May 2, 2010, the last day Love was alive. Huguely V has been jailed since May 3, 2010, and goes to court in February. Huguely IV goes to trial April 3.
On Thursday, December 1, the elder Huguely was dealt a further setback when the judge in the case, Edward Hogshire, ruled that the family must decide whether to attend trial or speak up during the potential sentencing phase. Under Virginia law, no witness can watch the trial over the objection of the prosecutor.
"The statute is very clear," argued Commonwealth's attorney Dave Chapman, "It's unequivocal in its terms."
Huguely lawyer Fran Lawrence argued otherwise– that Virginia's so-called bifurcated trial process– which seems to separate the guilt and penalty phases– should allow the parents and other family members to provide support during the trial without getting excluded from offering glowing character witness during a sentencing.
"Our concern is the family members were faced with a dilemma," Lawrence told the judge. But the judge– who also excluded the possibility of letting family testify via video– ruled against such efforts.
"To me," said Hogshire, "it's not even a close call."
Note 1:15pm December 1: The date of Huguely V's incarceration was corrected.
Note 11:10am December 2: Section on hearing about family added.