Final day? Huguely arrives for judgment
The prisoner has arrived.
On this, the first and possibly only day of deliberations, the pile of media was larger than previously seen.
The first order of business was drawing lots to find out which jurors would be dismissed as alternates. It turned out to be two women, Juror #21 and Juror #256. This leaves a seven-man, five-woman jury to weigh the evidence.
Judge Edward Hogshire told the two alternates that they could be recalled, and he forbade them from discussing the case, looking at news reports, and even talking to members of the media.
"If someone should attempt to contact you," said Hogshire, "we'd like to know about it right away."
One of the remaining jurors asked what the foreman does, and the judge responded by saying that person is a "facilitator" and then mentioning that the court will provide pizza if the jurors elect to take a working lunch.
There was a suggestion that that explosive interrogation video may be re-watched. And around 9:30am, the jurors went off to deliberate the charges, the most severe of which is first-degree murder, in the May 2010 death of 22-year-old UVA student Yeardley Love.
–2:22pm update: The jury has indeed asked to watch the interrogation video, as the big-screen was wheeled away for them. Also, they rang the bell to ask the judge the legal meaning of "reason." Finally, in what was one of the hotter controversies of the day, pizza took a back seat to sandwiches from Baggby's, a popular lunch spot on the Downtown Mall. "We threw in some special seasoning to help them make their decision," cracks Baggby's owner Mike LaPanta, who recalls fulfilling an order of 14 or 15 sandwiches in the middle of an already busy Wednesday lunch rush.This story is a part of the Huguely trial coverage special.Read more on: George Huguely