Brea Thomas met with the police on May 4, 2010, the day after Love's death.
Five lacrosse players including Chris Clements, Will Bolton, and Ken Clausen demolished Huguely's alleged alibi for his time away from his apartment.
Three women in the murder trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely revealed how a lonely and/or libidinous Huguely reached out to them in the hours leading up to the death of 22-year-old fellow student-athlete Yeardley Love. The testimony came the morning of Wednesday, February 15, the final day of the prosecution.
"There was banging on my door," Caitlin Taylor told the jury of a near-midnight encounter on May 1, a little over a day before Love's death. "My cousin opened the door and said I was sleeping."
Taylor, who lived below Huguely in an apartment building on 14th Street, testified that her prior contact with Huguely was confined to discussions about noise emanating from his floor and how they exchanged phone numbers only to simplify the process of telling him to quiet down.
Taylor– a straight-haired brunette– noted that the sudden interest from her upstairs neighbor continued to the following morning when the lacrosse players were about to head off to a father-son golf tournament at Wintergreen Resort.
"He was more talkative than usual," testified Taylor. "He offered to carry a laundry basket to my car."
Another witness, Brea Thomas, explained how she contacted police after learning of Love's death to reveal her curious communique from Huguely. It came via text on her Blackberry at 10:03pm the same night as the surprise visit to Taylor's apartment. Huguely, who she knew "not extremely well," wanted to hang out.
"I'm at the library studying," Thomas says she told him.
The final of the Huguely reach-outs was a thin strawberry-blonde woman named Megan Moses who had met Huguely just once before at a concert and then afterwards at a bar, on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.
She got a phone call that night from Huguely around midnight.
"He was seeing what I was doing," testified Moses. "I sent him a text saying I was out of town."
The prosecution appears to have called the witnesses to show how a love-lorn Huguely might, a day later, have taken out his romantic frustrations on his on-again, off-again girlfriend Love.
Other key Wednesday-morning witnesses were five lacrosse players who– besides telling tales of Huguely's drunken actions– demolished what appeared to be Huguely's death-night alibi: that he'd been hanging out downstairs.
Kevin Carroll, Kenneth Clausen, Chris Clements, Will Bolton, and William "Mikey" Thompson each contributed tales of sloppy behavior by Huguely on Sunday, May 2. There was talk of Huguely telling inappropriate stories in front of kids and grandparents at the golf tourney and then later that night prematurely leaving the C&O restaurant due to spilled wine– and then urinating against a downtown building.
More importantly, taken together, their accounts of Huguely's movements indicated that the defendant suddenly appeared in his own apartment around midnight. As most of the lacrosse players testified, Huguely later offered a story about drinking downstairs with Clements and Bolton. Trouble was that Clements had locked his bedroom door to soberly focus on a term paper, and Bolton was at his own apartment.
"I'm in my apartment," Bolton says he explained when Carroll– then believing Huguely's tale– placed an 11:54pm phone call asking him to come "upstairs."
Bolton walked over from nearby Wertland Street in time to see Huguely emptying his bladder with the bathroom door open, and then making eye contact.
"He went into his bedroom," testified Bolton, "and closed the door."
There was also some additional intriguing testimony from Ken Clausen. A picture of athleticism and long locks as well as a former roommate to Huguely, Clausen testified about riding back from the golf tournament. Huguely and Huguely's father remained inside the car to discuss a complicated proposed graduation present.
"He came in and started talking about the gift– that it was some kind of scam," Clausen testified. "He just seemed a little frustrated that his dad was trying to get him to sign these papers."
But it was Clausen's testimony of Huguely's near-midnight return to the apartment that gave Clausen greater concern when they figured what he said wasn't adding up.
"I noticed there was a change in his demeanor," said Clausen. "I said, 'George, what is wrong with you? I asked him two more times, 'George, what is wrong with you?' And there was no response."
Defense attorney Fran Lawrence got Clausen to concede that he noticed no injuries on Huguely and attempted to get Clausen, a pallbearer at Love's funeral, to recant the demeanor comment.
"There was no doubt in my mind," said Clausen, "that there was a change in his demeanor."
The day's first witness was Jamie Sacco, owner of Snooky's pawn shop on the Downtown Mall, who testified that a computer like Love's– which Huguely has admitted to swiping and discarding– would be worth $250-$350. The testimony seemed designed to assist the prosecution's charge of grand larceny, which state law currently limits to thefts over $200.
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