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George Huguely Trial

February 23, 2012 by staff 

George Huguely Trial, Outside the courthouse, the day went from spring-like sunshine and blustery winds to a dark night of cold, hard rain.

Inside, a jury plowed straight through a marathon day of deliberations — nine hours to find George Huguely guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny, two more to recommend he serve 26 years in prison for the death of Yeardley Love.

It was a workman-like resolution to a case that had seemed like anything but, a compressed day of behind-the-scenes activity for a high-profile crime — the May 2010 murder of the 22-year-old Love, who grew up in C**keysville and was fulfilling her childhood dream of playing lacrosse at the University of Virginia.

The case drew much attention, for much the same reason other crimes similarly rise above the white noise: The youth and attractiveness of those involved, for example, or the supposed inside look it provided into the underside of privilege.

In the end, though, all of that seemed largely peripheral. We were distracted by the surface, and clueless about the core.

Like all too many other crimes, this essentially was about substance abuse that went untreated, in Huguely’s case, what his own lawyer called “out-of-control” drinking. Add to that his immaturity, demonstrable anger issues and a stormy relationship with Love, and that proved to be an exceedingly volatile mix.

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