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U-Va. lacrosse player's death was accidental, defense attorney says


CHARLOTTESVILLE -- The attorney for University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, who has been charged with murder in the death of fellow student Yeardley Love, told reporters Tuesday morning that Huguely did not intend to kill Love in an incident that has drawn nationwide attention to the campus just weeks before graduation.

"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended but an accident with a tragic outcome," said Charlottesville lawyer Francis McQ. Lawrence, who represented Huguely at what was supposed to be a bond hearing at the District Court on Tuesday morning.

The bond hearing was delayed.

Lawrence also said that Huguely, 22, was withdrawing from school. The student, a former quarterback and lacrosse star at Bethesda's Landon School, was on schedule to graduate this month along with Yeardley, 22, from the Baltimore suburb of ****eysville. The two were previously romantically involved.

Huguely appeared by video at the court hearing, looking unshaven and wearing a gray-and-black prison uniform as he sat staring straight into the camera, with hands on each of his knees. His only comment was at the end of the hearing when he said, "Thank you, your honor" to Judge Robert H. Downer Jr., chief judge of Charlottesville General District Court.

Huguely is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Downer took no action other than to set a status hearing for June 10.

Huguely's mother, father and stepfather sat in the back of the courtroom. The three walked out together but made no comment as they entered a sport-utility vehicle and drove away. Dozens of journalists have come to Charlottesville to cover the case.

Charlottesville police responded to a call at an off-campus apartment about 2:15 a.m. Monday for a possible alcohol overdose by Love, but once there, they found Love dead in her bedroom with "obvious physical trauma," according to Police Chief Tim Longo. He declined to describe Love's injuries but said police do not think a weapon was involved.

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