Huguely V: Suspect an anger-prone scion of prominent D.C. family
In 1912, George W. Huguely Sr. co-founded the building supply company that built Washington, D.C.; and four generations have been involved in that business, according to the company website. Nearly 100 years later, the fifth generation, George Wesley Huguely V, is accused of the brutal murder of his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love.
Huguely, 22, now held in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, grew up in affluent Chevy Chase, Maryland, son of Marta Murphy and George Huguely IV. Huguely IV has been described as having real estate interests with a property on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well as a $2.5 million home in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Huguely V attended the private, all-boys Landon School in Bethesda, where he was in the prep school's top-20 all-time lacrosse scorers and named All-American his senior year. Huguely also played quarterback for the football team, which won the league championship.
His grandparents, Epe and George W. Huguely III, are listed among the school's $5,000-to-$9,999 donors. Huguely V and his father were scheduled to play in the father-son alumni golf tournament May 21, two days before Huguely would have graduated from UVA. He's now withdrawn from the university, according to his attorney, Fran Lawrence.
At UVA, Huguely was majoring in anthropology, but phone calls for comment to department chair Susan McKinnon went unreturned.
Huguely's UVA lacrosse biography notes that he's second among the team's midfielders in assists, can also play attack, and has "good stick skills and an understanding of the offense." As a member of the nation's number one-rated lacrosse team, he enjoyed the thrill of a winning season capped by victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and the team is expected to be well-seeded at the NCAA tournament later this month.
On the arrest warrant Huguely weighs 205 pounds and stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall–- an inch below his stated height in the team biography, which lists him as vice president of Operation Smile, a charity known for providing cleft-palate surgery to children in developing nations.
Yet not all was golden in Huguely's career before his May 3 murder arrest. In November 2008, he was arrested for public drunkenness and resisting arrest in Rockbridge County, charges for which he pleaded guilty and received probation and a 60-day suspended sentence.
"He said: 'I'll kill you. I'll kill all of y'all. I'm not going to jail,' " the arresting officer was quoted in her recall of Huguely's alleged statements that night in a breaking story on WashingtonPost.com.
The Post quotes the officer as fighting Huguely until she Tasered him, a deed that "incapacitated him long enough for me to get cuffs on him. But that just pissed him off even more. He became a lot more aggressive."
In 2006, when Huguely was a senior on the Landon team, it may have been a calmer time for him. Then, he expressed sympathy for the Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping a stripper. Five of the Duke players–- all of whom, as it turned out, were completely innocent of the fabricated incident–- had attended Landon.
"I sympathize for the team," Huguely said in an interview with the Washington Post. "They've been scrutinized so hard, and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty."
In the same article, Huguely's father said he'd talked to his son about staying out of situations that "could be costly."
Said the father, "Regardless of what winds up happening, you have to learn from this experience and take what you can from it. You always have to remember and can't let yourself be in a situation where something like this could happen."
–last updated 5:57pm, Tuesday, May 4 with Rockbridge arrest info