Bombshells away: Huguely prosecution readies blood evidence
Monday morning in the trial of accused murderer George Huguely may have launched a few yawns in the courtroom, as literally dozens of photographs and other bits of evidence were shown to the jury. However, pieces of shower curtain, parts of a sink or two, and myriad photographs of red stains in Huguely's apartment appear poised to provide some afternoon bombshells for the prosecution.
Meanwhile, lawyers for a Washington news outlet lost their quest to gain better access to the screen that's showing all this evidence. Prosecutor Dave Chapman argued in the hearing earlier February 13 that only the jury– not the media– have the right to see the evidence during the trial. CBS-affiliated reporter Bruce Leshan of WUSA led the charge to re-orient the large monitor on which the jury has seen such evidence as photographs of first-responders attempting to revive Yeardley Love as well as Friday's dramatic video interrogation of her alleged killer. However, Judge Edward Hogshire sided with Chapman.
The jury on Monday morning has been hearing from Charlottesville Police forensics collection officers such as Steve Dillion, Jeremy Carper, and Eric Pendleton.
Before testimony wrapped around 1:15pm, Carper told the jurors how he noticed red palms as well as a variety of cuts, bruises, and abrasions on the hands, knuckles, and arms of Huguely, whose body he photographed after getting a warrant to do so.
Other pieces of evidence bandied about this day in paper bags included a white "Just the Boys" t-shirt, a pair of gray cargo shorts. At one point, Carper wears rubber gloves the color of Blue Man Group faces to wield a container with microscopic scrapings he removed from underneath Huguely's fingernails.
Another interesting moment in Carper's testimony came when prosecutor Dave Chapman asked the burly Carper, at 6 feet and 200 pounds, to stand before the jury and compare his own weight and stature to the arrest-era Huguely. Media photographs show that after nearly two years in jail, Huguely is a mere shadow of his former self. Carper estimated the arrest-era Huguely to have been "a little bit heavier."
–story updated at 1:37pmThis story is a part of the Huguely trial coverage special.Read more on: George Huguely