Huguely admissions: 'Her head repeatedly hit the wall'
"The door to Love's bedroom had been forced open and had a hole in it that appeared to have been made by a fist." "Hairs were visible in the hole."
The chilling words appear in the affidavit for a warrant to search the apartment of University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Wesley Huguely V, the scion of the prominent Washington-area family who now stands accused of killing his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love, a noted UVA lacrosse player in her own right.
According to the affadavit, obtained from a Charlottesville court file, Love's roommates discovered her early May 3 face down on her pillow in her bedroom at 222 14th Street. The affidavit notes that officers found the about-to-graduate young woman with chin scrapes, a large facial bruise, and an eye swollen shut–- as she lay in a pool of blood on the pillow. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The resulting search warrant gave police officers the right to search Huguely's apartment, a multi-unit brick structure next door at 230 14th Street. Later, when Charlottesville Police detective Lisa Reeves spoke to Huguely, he allegedly admitted that he was involved in "an altercation" with his former girlfriend Love, and he proceeded to drop the following bombshells:
– that he "shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall."
– that he "kicked his right foot through the door that leads to Love's bedroom."
– that he "communicated with Love by email" and then "took Love's computer from the residence and disposed of it."
Police report that they later recovered the computer.
A Hook reporter canvassing the site Tuesday morning spoke with a resident in the apartment above Love's who reported they were not home of the time.
According to the affidavit, all Huguely's damning admissions came after he waived his Miranda rights, the standard warning that anything he says can and will be used against him in a court of law.
"Those affidavits aren't always right," says Fran Lawrence, lawyer to Huguely's lawyer, who has already gone on record as portraying the situation as a tragic accident.
–updated 6:37pm Tuesday with comment from lawyer and assertion computer recovered
–updated 8:38pm Tuesday with detail about upstairs neighbor
–original headline: "Huguely admissions: Murder suspect allegedly says he kicked through door, shook Love"