Jurors heard the words of George Huguely V for the first time during his murder trial Friday morning, when prosecutors played a harrowing video of his police interrogation, recorded hours after his former University of Virginia girlfriend, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her off-campus apartment.

The recording was taped the morning of May 3, 2010, just weeks before Huguely and Love were to graduate. Huguely, a popular lacrosse player from Chevy Chase, says he believes he's been brought in for assaulting Love the night before. He says he went to the police station willingly.

He describes in detail breaking into Love's darkened, locked bedroom, where the nearly naked young woman backed up against the wall, screaming at him to get out. He shook her to calm her down, he says. He'd had more than 15 drinks that day, by his count, and just wanted to talk, he saays. But Love is "freaked out." She knows how upset he is with her. She cheated on him recently, then rubbed it in his face, and they had a blowout a week earlier.

He admits restraining her, though he repeatedly claims he never hit her. "I might have grabbed her a little bit by the neck, but I never, like, strangled her," he says at one point.

The tape continues this way for an hour, with Huguely describing how he manhandled Love to settle her down. He was in her apartment for less than 10 minutes, he says, and speaks as if he believed she were fine.

He breaks down late in the recording — as he did Friday in the courtroom, his first display of emotion after a week in court — when detectives tell him she is dead.

Huguely is accused of fatally beating Love, a Cockeysville native. He's charged with murder and grand larceny, among other crimes; he's accused of stealing Love's laptop computer as he left her apartment, to hide a threatening email he had sent her days before.

His attorneys contend that Huguely had no intention of harming Love and blame her death on a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol, in conjunction with the altercation. In an opening statement, they urged jurors to consider a lesser verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

The recording suggests Huguely didn't think his actions were wrong.

Police showed up at his door about 7 a.m. that Monday morning, after one of Love's roommates told them about Huguely's email trail. "The words 'I should have killed you' [were] in the email," Detective Lisa Reeves testified.

She asked Huguely to come to the police station with her, and he complied. They got into her unmarked police car, with Huguely in the front passenger seat, and headed out on the two-mile drive.

Reeves testified that she initially considered him "a person of interest" in the crime, but her impression changed as she walked him toward the interview room at the station.

There were bruises on his knuckles, as if he had punched something, and fresh cuts on his arms. He would later tell her the injuries were lacrosse-related, but by then Reeves had developed a "reasonable suspicion that he may have committed this crime," she said, and considered him "no longer free to leave."

The rest of the interview at the station was videotaped and shown to the jury Friday. Most of those watching the proceedings could not see the recording — the television faces away from the gallery — but the audio was relatively clear.

"I don't have any arrest warrants for you, but I am investigating a case," Reeves tells Huguely. "And you are being detained." She reads him his Miranda rights, and he agrees to talk. It's 7:53 a.m.

Reeves begins by chatting with Huguely about lacrosse and asking him which U.Va. class he is in. She then asks Huguely to tell her about the previous day — Sunday, May 2.

He played golf at a father/son tournament, then went to the bars for a while, he says, and had some beers at home. Then went out to dinner, where he had wine, and then the bars again, and then home.

"Then I went over to Yeardley's," he says. "Yeardley is my former girlfriend."

He adds that he knows that's why he's at the station. He recounts the scene at her apartment.