George Huguely IV, the father of the accused, hurries past a bank of photographers.
The defendant's mother, Marta Murphy, her husband, and her daughter, Teran, head to court.
After five gut-wrenching days of prosecution, the defense team in the murder trial of George W. Huguely V will soon get to follow through on its opening-argument assertions: that the cause of Yeardley Love's death remains unknown and that the 22-year-old's demise might have been caused by a fatal combination of alcohol and Adderall, and that a tumble in her apartment and/or well-meaning CPR might have been the real catalysts of death.
Moreover, the prosecution has one really big decision to make: whether to put the 24-year-old former lacrosse player on the stand. Legal experts with whom the Hook has spoken downplay such likelihood because he's already given a bold– and, some might say, sympathetic– performance in his morning-after police interrogation.
Does he really want to be cross-examined about the contradictions he uttered in the hour-long video? And with the medical examiner having raised the possibility of strangulation, there's a chance he'll be haunted by his statement on the interrogation tape: "She's so, so... a fish out of water."
Does a man accused of possible strangulation really want to be asked about that?
Things could be looking up for Huguely. The Washingtonian reporter whose feature-length story on the case anchored the magazine's May edition, has just come out with an intriguing factoid about a Virginia case in which drunkenness actually absolved a killer of the premeditation the Commonwealth requires juries to find for a first-degree conviction.
Whatever happens, it should happen before next Thursday's edition of the Hook rolls out. We'll give you the analysis there, but in the meantime, stay glued to readthehook.com for updates.