The dumpster, with Huguely's residence in the background.
Huguely trial wraps day four.
When University of North Carolina lacrosse player MIke Burns came to visit friends at UVA in the winter of 2010, he witnessed an altercation between George Huguely and Yeardley Love that prosecutors allege foreshadowed her death in the morning hours of May 3.
"We heard a girl yelling, 'Help me, help me!" testified Burns, who described attending a post-lacrosse game gathering at Huguely's 14th Street apartment complex the night of February 27, less than three months before Love's death. Following the cries that night, Burns testified, he reached Huguely's bedroom door and opened it.
"I saw George with his arm around Yeardley's neck," Burns testified, describing Huguely lying on his back on the bed, holding Yeardley atop him as he choked her.
His sudden presence in the room, Burns said, prompted Huguely to release Love, who quickly departed and sought comfort from friends and expressed her gratitude.
"She said, 'Thank you so much,'" he recalled.
As previously reported, Burns– who met Love when both lived in New York in the summer of 2009 and "hooked up" with her occasionally in the spring of 2010– would be the trigger of more tension between Love and Huguely, after Huguely learned that Love and Burns had been sexually involved. After Love allegedly taunted Huguely as a less able partner, he sent an email with the seeming threat, "I should have killed you."
Huguely's own "other woman" also took the stand and described a casual but romantic relationship with Huguely that overlapped his relationship with Love.
"I knew that sometimes they weren't dating and sometimes they were," testified Stephanie Aladj, a 2010 UVA grad who was also Love's sorority sister– a fact she acknowledged created tension between the two women.
Other witnesses testified that as Huguely's relationship with Love was winding down in the spring of their senior year, his drinking was winding up, with the soon-to-graduate senior lacrosse player imbibing to the point of intoxication, one witness estimated, at least four times a week.
He certainly appeared drunk on the morning of Sunday, May 2– the day of the father-son golf tournament, a UVA men's lacrosse tradition. Two of Huguely's teammates described arriving at the Wintergreen Resort golf course at 9am and finding Huguely already slurring his words. By 5pm, said his lacrosse teammate Brian Carroll, who was there with his own father and brother, testified that Huguely "was significantly more drunk," and was behaving inappropriately– at one point interrupting parents, Carroll recalled, "to tell a story that didn't make any sense."
At least two witnesses recalled a springtime altercation between Love and Huguely in which Love, apparently angered by the presence of two high school students visiting Huguely's apartment one evening, struck him with her purse, causing its contents to spill out.
"Are these your new girlfriends?" Love asked sarcastically, according to witness Kate Kamber, a current UVA fourth year.
"He pretended he didn't know her," recalled Kamber, who testified Huguely might then have called Love a "crazy bitch" or a "crazy slut."
The girlfriend of Huguely's roommate, Elizabeth McLean, described helping Love gather her belongings that evening and making sure she reached home safely. McLean testified that while Love had been drinking, it was Huguely's drinking that concerned her more as it appeared to have increased in frequency and intensity, and, she said, was affecting his mood and his behavior.
"He was out of control," McLean said.
Day four ended with testimony about computer security and emails, as well as information about the location of Love's laptop, which was found in a nearby dumpster after her death.