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Should We Be Talking About Ray Lewis’s Murder Case?

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I love Ray Lewis, but that doesn’t mean I think he’s perfect. Case in point:  his role in a 2000 murder trial, in which he pled guilty to a misdemeanor for obstructing justice in connection to the stabbing deaths of two men. And now, on the eve of Lewis’s retirement from the Ravens, NPR’s Mike Pesca thinks that the beloved linebacker’s misdeeds need to be as much a part of his story as his triumphs. However, as Pesca points out, there was ” not a single mention by two of the largest purveyors of NFL information of his role in a murder trial,” nor any allusion to it in the ten Lewis-related stories on NFL.com.

Juror Speaks: Saw Limit to Huguely’s Malice

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Ian Glomski, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s medical school and a juror in the George Huguely murder trial, tells the Washington Post that Huguely’s drinking problem and his videotaped admission showing his genuine shock and surprise at the news of Yeardley Love’s death, were key factors taken into consideration when deciding the former lacrosse player’s fate.

The seven men and five women who made up the jury concluded that while Huguely had acted maliciously, he hadn’t kicked through the locked bedroom door of Love, who was from Cockeysville, intending to kill the her.

The jury convicted Huguely of second-degree murder and larceny and recommended a sentence of 26 years: twenty-five years for murder and one year for larceny.

Read the entire story at The Washington Post

George Huguely Sentenced to 26 Years in the Death of Yeardley Love

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The jury in the George Huguely trial in the murder of Yeardley Love returned a verdict of second-degree murder Wednesday night and recommended a sentence of 26 years in prison. Final sentencing will take place April 16. 

Love’s mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie, linked arms as the verdict was read.  The tragedy captured Baltimore and the nation. The victim, a 22-year old UVA lacrosse player, was a Cockeysville native and Notre Dame Prep grad. Huguely was her on-again, off-again boyfriend who was a Chevy Chase native and a UVA lacrosse player.

“In the small courtroom where relatives of Huguely and Love have sat across from one another for most of the month, there has been an overwhelming sense of lost promise and squandered privilege,” reports the Washington Post.

The Baltimore Sun reports that after the sentencing the Love family issued a statement:

“We dread looking back on the events of May 3, 2010 and pray for the strength to get through each day. Time has not made us miss Yeardley any less, in fact quite the opposite. It is truly devastating to wake up each day and realize that she is no longer here. Yeardley’s contagious smile, kind spirit and gentle touch have left this world but we know that heaven has an angel like not other. We will continue to keep her spirit alive by performing works of kindness in her name. We would like to thank the Commonwealth and particularly Dave Chapman for his tireless efforts on our behalf.” 

Read the full story at the Washington Post

Read the full story at the Baltimore Sun

The Mob Mentality of the Huguely Press Coverage

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What makes the public take interest in a trial? Why do so few gain such attention?

The Washington Post wrote an interesting account of the intense coverage of the trial of former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely in the murder of Cockeysville-native Yeardley Love. In, “The Huguely Case: What Makes for a Media Mob” writer Paul Farhi notes that the city of Charlottesville received over 200 requests for press credentials and cites the trials of Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony and Conrad Murray as examples of cases that have garnered equal interest.  There is a formula, so it seems.

“Almost all of the great media spectacles surrounding crime and punishment in America over the past 30 years or so have involved one or more of the following: young white women, celebrities, or wealthy people,” the story asserts.

Yesterday, the trial was delayed because defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana was ill. The trial is expected to resume today, with the defense continuing to present its case. Over the next few days, lawyers for Huguely will call to the stand medical experts from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, Huguely’s mother Marta Murphy, a UVA lacrosse teammate, and a student from Landon, the private school Huguely attended in Bethesda, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gilman, St. Paul’s Grads Take Stand for the Prosecution

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In the final day of the prosecution’s case against George Huguely, two former local lacrosse stars took the stand to give testimony about the events the day Love died.

Chris Clements, who went to St. Paul’s, and Kevin Carroll, who attended Gilman, both spent time that day with Huguely, who played lacrosse on the same top-ranked UVA team. Clements, who was with Huguely at a father-son golf tournament, and Carroll, who was Huguely’s roommate, said Huguely was drinking throughout the day, beginning as early at 10 a.m.

The young men were just two of many friends of Huguely’s who were called to the stand. The most damaging testimony came from another lacrosse player, Ken Clausen, who said that Huguely lied about his whereabouts that night and that his demeanor changed after he returned from Love’s apartment, according to an Associated Press report in the New York Times.  

The prosecution closed its case in the early afternoon and the defense began its case. They called on medical experts to refute the prosecution’s claim that Love died from blunt force trauma to the head, the Baltimore Sun reports.  The defense’s medical expert put forth a theory that Love died from asphyxiation resulting from lying face down in a bloody pillow.

 

In another Sun story about the case, “Less Than Six Degrees of Separation in Huguely Trial,” Jean Marbella gives an account of the insular world of college lacrosse.

Week Two in the Huguely-Love Trial

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The second week of Yeardley Love’s murder trial began yesterday with testimony from the medical examiner in the case who said that Love had bruises on her body, marks on her neck and chin, a swollen eye and a cut on her lip, The Washington Post reports.

In other developments in the case, last Friday, prosecutors brought into evidence the door that George Huguely kicked through to enter Love’s apartment the night of her death.  Though few pictures of the door have been made available, a Washington Post video shows an artist’s rendering of the door with the gaping hole in it (door shows at about 1:30 in the video).  

A Baltimore Sun story, posted Friday night, practically transcribes the video presented in court that day of George Huguely’s initial interview with police. It reveals for the first time, the lacrosse player’s version of events and his recollection of what transpired that night.

The trial is expected to last through the week and possibly extend into the weekend.

Field Honors Yeardley Love’s Memory at Notre Dame Prep

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As the year ends, and we continue to contemplate the vibrant life and tragic death in 2010 of UVA lacrosse and field hockey star Yeardley Reynolds Love, and as we await further disturbing trial news come February, it’s uplifting to consider the new growth sprouting in her gentle name. This spring, Notre Dame Prep in Hampton will break ground on a $1.2 million turf field to honor Love’s memory. “The project pays homage to the 2006 graduate who excelled in lacrosse and field hockey and was a strong student, leader and volunteer,” writes Mary Gail Hare in The Baltimore Sun. Actual construction is scheduled to begin in the summer.

A gift of $165,000 from the Charles T. Bauer Foundation plus matching funds will pay for the $500,000+ field project. NDP has worked in collaboration with The One Love Foundation, an organization established by Yeardley Love’s family in her memory. The Bauer Foundation issued a challenge grant in 2010, which has helped secure funds for the field and an NDP scholarship after Love as well.

“This project honors both Yeardley’s love of sports and her connection to her alma mater, and it keeps her spirit alive at NDP forever,” says Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., headmistress — quoted on the NDP website.

We encourage readers to visit the One Love Foundation website to donate — we also recommend reading the honest and affecting essay written by Yeardley Love in ninth grade, posted on the homepage.

An excerpt: “Since I was about nine years old, I have wanted to go to the University of Virginia for college and play Lacrosse there. After college, I hope to attend Virginia Law School for three years; and after that I wish to have a family and become a lawyer. If I had to wish for three things in my life, they would be to go to the University of Virginia for college, have a happy and healthy family when I grow up, and to always keep in touch and stay close with my family. So far my life has been filled with joy and happiness, and I hope to keep living my life that way.”

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