Huguely, now 24, has admitted in a taped statement to police to confronting Love, 22, and says he was in her room for 10 minutes or less. His attorney, Lawrence, acknowledged Wednesday while arguing his motion that "an assault and battery occurred." He called Huguely's statement a candid "confession" that can't be ignored.
"Kevin pointed out quickly that wasn't correct," Clausen said. They knew Clements was sober that day and working on a paper. The alleged lie set off an alarm bell for Clausen, who said he began studying Huguely.
"I looked at him for a bit. I noticed a change in his demeanor, kind of a blank stare," Clausen said. "'George, what's wrong with you?" he asked once, then twice more and "got no response." Huguely went to bed.
Clausen and some others would talk about their friend's drinking that night. It "had gotten out of control," testified William "Mikey" Thompson, from Richmond. Huguely was getting drunk every time he drank, three or four nights a week, and he was neglecting things he shouldn't.
"The drinking would kind of just fade away other things," Thompson said.
Huguely placed a phone call about 12:15 a.m. May 3, 2010, as Love was struggling alone in her room, according to medical testimony. He called a young woman he had met a week before at a concert, the woman said on the witness stand.
"He was just seeing what I was doing," she testified. The conversation lasted about a minute. "I sent a text to him saying I was out of town and never heard anything back."
Love's body was discovered about two hours later, and Huguely was in custody by 8 a.m.
Medical experts for the prosecution, including the man who performed Love's autopsy, determined that she died from blunt force trauma to the head, which interrupted her heartbeat and, in turn, the flow of blood to her brain. They noted multiple bruises to her brain, including significant contusions on the stem, and said there was no way that CPR could have caused the damage.
Defense witness Leestma contradicted all of those claims, saying he saw little bruising, and what there was could have been caused by CPR. He also said it was possible for Love, who had been drinking that night, to have been smothered by her pillow, which was wet with blood from her nose, though prosecution witnesses have previously said there was no indication of asphyxiation.
A toxicologist also testified for the defense that Love's blood alcohol was twice the legal limit when Huguely confronted her and that she would have had trouble walking smoothly, judging situations and controlling her emotions.
"She was freaked out and she became aggressive and then, ultimately, bad things happened," Lawrence said during the motions hearing, referring to the confrontation she had with Huguely.
Chapman characterized it as an assault that led to "fatal injuries," however, and tried to discredit Leestma while he was on the stand. The neuropathologist runs a consulting business, working as a professional defense witness. He said he has billed roughly $8,000 for his work on the case so far.
"You're an expert witness who goes from state to state," Chapman said.
Court is expected to resume Thursday morning.