George Huguely killed Yeardley Love in her flat on May 3, 2010 after a two-year relationship marked by abuse that was mostly ignored by others. He did it in a drunken rage. Couple met their freshman year, and were often seen hanging out together with their teammates.
They had dated for over two years by Spring 2010 when she was murdered. Their relationship was on and off due to Huguely’s alcohol-induced aggression. Huguely punched a teammate in 2009 after hearing he kissed Love. Love received threatening texts and emails from Huguely before her murder.
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George Huguely and Yeardley Love’s Relationship
George Huguely was charged with murdering Love, on May 04, 2010. They split after two years. Huguely gave up his Miranda rights at the Charlottesville police station and described beating Love, saying he kicked open her closed bedroom door and “shook Love, and her head repeatedly hit the wall.”
When he exited her flat, Huguely took her Apple laptop and planned to burn it. Police took two Apple laptops, a spiral notebook, two white socks, bathroom and entryway rugs and a red-stained Virginia lacrosse jersey from Huguely’s flat.
They also investigated domestic violence between Huguely and Love, including threatening email and text messages he sent to her after the breakup, an abusive relationship that was broken up by several visiting hockey players from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a drunken attack on Love that Huguely later denied. An unknown student said Huguely’s drunken abuse on Love ended their relationship.
The Brutal Murder Of Yeardley Love
Huguely wrote Love an angry email on April 30, 2010, “I should have killed you.” But later, they recoiled and seen together holding hands. After playing his last lacrosse game of his senior year, Huguely had been drinking continuously for nearly 30 hours.
Huguely drank between 45 and 50 drinks and things soon swung out of control when Huguely went to Love’s flat that evening at approximately 11:45 p.m. According to his prosecutors, he went to see Love that day “just to talk,” but their talk quickly turned violent.
Prosecutors alleged that Huguely had kicked down Love’s door and reached inside to open it. Then he grabbed Love smashed her against the wall, and dropped her to the ground, bleeding. Shortly after, Love’s flat mate found her dead body.
After that cops found Huguely. He confirmed that he had visited Love, but he maintained that the conversation had mainly been made up of arguments. He said,
“We were just going to talk. It was not at all a good conversation… We were wrestling. I pushed her onto the bed and left”
George Huguely was shocked to hear the news that Love had died. Huguely said, “[T]here’s no way she can be dead”.
Where Is George Huguely Today?
After being found guilty of second-degree murder, he received a 23-year prison sentence. Huguely pleaded in a wrongful death case halfway through his sentence, saying he was ignorant of the most of the attack on Love.
He claimed that he just remembered that she had a bloody nose and that he had not broken into her room or hurt her. Huguely told the court that his memory was like a slideshow and that 98% of the slides from the evening of May 2 were vanished citing his “out of control” drinking at the time. Huguely said,
“I miss her and think about her every day. I would do anything to take back that night. I take responsibility for what happened to her and I should have never gone over to her apartment that night.”
It doesn’t matter to Yeardley Love’s family whether George Huguely meant to kill Love or not. In reality, he was the one who killed her. Yeardley Love’s mother said in an interview with People,
“I know he did kill her. I know he did. I can’t imagine anybody that could even do anything harmful to Yeardley. I don’t know what was in his head”