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Huguely trial postponed until Friday

Defense lawyer is ill

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

6:33 PM EST, February 16, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE —

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George Huguely V's murder trial was delayed Thursday because one of his attorneys, Rhonda Quagliana, is ill. The trial is expected to resume Friday.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire has said he plans to send the case to the jury for deliberation by the weekend, but the postponement could affect that timeline. If the case does not conclude by Saturday, a scheduled workday for the court, it will not resume until Wednesday, according to a spokesman.

Huguely, 24, is charged with murder, robbery and other crimes in the death of his former girlfriend, Cockeysville native Yeardley Love. He is accused of beating her to death in a drunken rage two years ago, shortly before they were to graduate from the University of Virginia.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday after six days of testimony from about 40 people. The defense then began to call its witnesses, starting with two medical experts. A neuropathologist testified that bruising in Love's brain could have been caused by rescue workers' cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempts and that she might have been smothered by her pillow, which was wet with blood from her nose. Prosecution witnesses had previously rebutted both suggestions.

A toxicologist testified for the defense Wednesday that Love's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when Huguely confronted her.

The defense is expected to continue its case Friday. Among those who have received subpoenas to appear are medical experts, including a University of Maryland pathologist and a professor at the Johns Hopkins University; Huguely's mother; a U.Va. lacrosse teammate; and a student who attended the private Landon School in Bethesda with Huguely.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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