New charges: Prosecutor delivers bad news to accused killer Huguely
Charlottesville's top prosecutor has just revealed a new pack of charges against the silver-spooned scion of a Washington family who stands accused of killing an ex-girlfriend, a crime that shocked the University of Virginia and reverberated across the nation due to the golden lives cut short by the killing.
George Wesley Huguely V will face the five new charges–- felony murder, robbery, burglary, statutory burglary, and grand larceny–- at a 10am video feed to the Charlottesville General District Court on Monday, January 10, according to a release from Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman.
Hastening to note in the release that Huguely remains presumed innocent until proven guilty, Chapman also points out that he expects to receive a request for a continuance of Huguely's scheduled January 21 preliminary hearing.
Already charged with first-degree murder, Huguely was arrested May 3, the day his ex-girlfriend was found dead in a pool of blood in her 14th Street apartment. Through a lawyer, Huguely–- despite an alleged admission of battering her head against a wall–- has portrayed 22-year-old college senior Yeardley Love's death as an accident. He has been held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The case has attracted such widespread national attention that a vaguely-sourced December story about an allegedly impending plea deal caused even respected national media outlets such as CBS to devote multiple minutes of television airtime to rehashing the case. As it turned out, the only real development in the case last month came when a Charlottesville judge turned back an attempt by Huguely's defense team to probe through her medical records. A defense lawyer even claimed that Love may have died not from blunt force trauma but from her own prescription to Adderall, a stimulant widely used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.