Warrants sealed: More drunken, violent episodes emerge
A red-stained UVA lacrosse t-shirt and a letter to Yeardley Love are among the items taken by Charlottesville police from accused killer George Huguely's apartment on May 3.
Police removed two white Apple laptop computers, a green spiral notebook, two white socks, a bathroom rug, a shower curtain, the apartment’s entryway rug, a pair of blue cargo shorts, and a Bobby Jones brand polo shirt, according to the Daily Progress.
The search warrant in the Charlottesville Circuit Court clerk's office is now sealed, as is the judge's order to seal that and subsequent search warrants.
"My recollection is that [Albemarle] Judge [Cheryl] Higgins signed it," says Paul Garrett, clerk of court. That now-secret order was requested by the commonwealth's attorney, adds Garrett.
Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman did not return phone calls from the Hook.
And on May 7, the Daily Progress, Washington Post and Richmond Times-Dispatch filed a challenge that asks the court order be unsealed.
Huguely, 22, is charged with first degree murder in the death of former girlfriend Love. Both played on the University of Virginia's top-ranked lacrosse teams; both were slated to graduate May 23, before Love's battered body was discovered in her 14th Street apartment. Huguely lives next door on 14th Street NW.
According to the Progress, police also took DNA swabs from Huguely's kitchen, bathtub, and trashcan. The contents of the letter and the two laptops have not been released.
Huguely told police that he kicked in Love's locked bedroom door and repeatedly slammed her head into a wall, according to affidavits for search warrants. His lawyer has described Love's death as a tragic "accident" and noted that search warrants often contain errors.
That was not Huguely's first violent encounter with a woman. In 2008, he was arrested for public drunkenness and resisting arrest in Lexington. According to a statement released by Lexington Police Officer R. L. Moss, Huguely said, "I'll kill all you b*tches" and shouted other threatening, profane language.
Officer Moss, describing herself as a 5-foot 3-inches tall female, says she had a brief "tussle" with Huguely, in which he became more aggressive, and she had to use a Taser to restrain him. At his court hearing, Moss learned that Huguely was so intoxicated that he didn't realize a female officer had arrested him, nor that he'd been Tasered.
The Palm Beach Post reports a 2007 arrest for underage drinking in Palm Beach. His father and grandfather own property in the area.
And Fox News says that in 2008, Huguely had an argument so "heated" with his father and cousin on a 40-foot fishing boat that the incident caused the local police to write up a report after Huguely dove into the Atlantic to swim the quarter-mile to shore. However, no arrest was made in that incident.
–Updated May 11.