He told her she had to "figure out what's going on," he says, and she yelled out, "'Go!'" But he refused. "I was like, 'No, we have to talk,'" he says.
Reeves asks if he choked her, and he says he may have grabbed her by the neck but never "strangled her."
There's a pause in the video, while Reeves leaves the room for a moment. When she returns, she asks Huguely if he took Love's laptop. He says no, at first, then is silent. "Uhhhhhhh, yeah, I did actually," he admits, "because I was so [angry] that she wouldn't talk to me. I took it almost as collateral, I guess."
He tells Reeves later that he tossed the laptop in an out-of-the-way trash bin after he left Love's. "I don't know why I took the computer. That was irrational," he says.
Reeves asks him how much he had to drink that Sunday, and he starts ticking off a list. Five beers on the golf course. Beer at the bars later. Two glasses of wine with dinner, then more beer out and at home. He loses count.
"I should not have gone over there when I was drinking," he says.
Huguely sounds worked up and defensive in the recording, but he was calm in court as he listened to it Friday — until the end. That's when he broke down — on the tape and in person.
"George, I have to tell you something," Reeves says to Huguely in the recording. "She's dead. You killed her."
Huguely: "She's dead?"
Reeves: "I think you know."
Huguely: "No, I didn't."
Reeves: "She's dead."
Huguely: "How the [expletive] is she dead?"
Reeves: "Because you killed her, George."
"She's dead? She's dead? She's dead? How? How?" Huguely demands, his voice growing louder and more urgent. "I didn't even [expletive] hit her. I don't believe it."
He asks to see her and says he never hurt her. "I never did anything that she could be dead," he says.
On the video, Huguely repeats again and again that she can't be dead, growing more frantic until his voice seems to break into sobs. Huguely broke down in court then as well. He quietly wiped his eyes and blew his nose, as Love's relatives stared at him from across the room.
"I never did anything that could do that to her," he continues on the tape. "I refuse to believe that she's dead. Tell me she's not dead."
Said Reeves: "I wish I could tell you that, George. [She was] 22."
The trial, expected to continue through Feb. 17, will resume Monday.