It wasn't enough to end the relationship, however, which continued its on-and-off pattern. In late April, Love learned that Huguely was seeing a former girlfriend and grew distressed, testified Kaitlin Duff, a roommate. Love confronted Huguely at his apartment, after drinking, and threw her pocketbook at him, spilling its contents, lawyers agreed.
"A week ago," Huguely allegedly wrote, "you said you would get back together with me if I stopped getting so drunk, then you go and" get intimate with another man. "I should have killed you."
Love replied: "You should have killed me? You're so [expletive] up."
Huguely responded: "We should talk tonight."
He next saw her alone on May 2, 2010.
Chapman recounted Love's final day through witness testimony.
Love had gone to lunch with her roommates that Sunday afternoon, and the trio of best friends chatted about their summer plans. They returned to their off-campus apartment on the 200 block of 14th St. in Charlottesville in mid-afternoon, then left again, after doing some school work, for a friend's birthday celebration.
"There was alcohol consumed in significant amounts ... by all who were involved," Chapman had said during opening statements. They returned about 10 p.m. and made plans to go out again, but Love eventually decided against it.
"She said she had a lot of work to do the next day, and she was tired," Caity Whiteley, who lived with Love and Duff, testified.
Whiteley said goodbye to Love about 10:50 p.m. It would be the last time she saw her alive.
A woman who lived in the apartment unit below them, Anna Lehmann, would later tell police that she heard a crash and heavy footsteps.
"I thought that maybe like a stereo set had fallen or a bookshelf," she testified Wednesday. "It was very loud."
Chapman said earlier that the noise Anna heard was "an assault taking place," specifically Huguely's right foot busting through Love's locked bedroom door.
Huguely "had been drinking virtually nonstop since early that Sunday morning," Chapman said, and he was worked up by that night.
Lawrence said his client simply wanted to make up with Love, and went there with that in mind, but she resisted. They fought, and he took her computer as collateral, thinking she would have to talk to him then, Lawrence said.
Huguely was in Love's apartment for roughly 10 minutes that night, according to the downstairs neighbor, who said she saw him leave. Evidence will show that Love survived for nearly two hours after the encounter, Chapman said.
Whiteley got home about 2:15 a.m. May 3. She had a friend with her, and wanted to wake Love. She went into her room.
Love was "facedown on her pillow and underneath her comforter," testified Whitely, who touched Love's shoulder, then pulled back her hair. "And that's when I noticed," Whitely said.
There was blood on Love's sheets and her pillow, and cuts on her face.
"She wasn't moving," Whitely said.
Medical examiners would later discover that Love's brain was bruised, Chapman said, as was an area in her neck connected to her carotid artery. There were black-and-blue spots on her limbs, and Huguely's DNA was under her fingernails, the prosecutor said.
Huguely, meanwhile, was in his own apartment in his room. He had returned about midnight and told his roommate he was at a neighbor's house, which was discovered to be a lie, Chapman said.
Hours later, Huguely would tell police that he had been at Love's.
Testimony will continue Thursday in the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.