CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jury choice started Monday within the civil trial of a person who was convicted of second-degree homicide within the 2010 dying of University of Virginia lacrosse participant and former Notre Dame Prep standout Yeardley Love.
A wrongful-death lawsuit introduced by Love’s mom seeks to carry George Huguely V liable in Yeardley’s killing. Love and Huguely — who additionally performed lacrosse at Virginia — had been in an on-again, off-again courting relationship.
The lawsuit seeks $29.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.
Love, of Cockeysville, and Huguely, of Chevy Chase, had been seniors who had been weeks away from graduating. They had been identified for his or her play on Virginia’s nationally ranked girls’s and males’s lacrosse groups, however they had been additionally identified for his or her risky relationship.
Prosecutors stated Huguely kicked a gap in Love’s bed room door, then beat her after a day of golf and binge ingesting, enraged that she had had a relationship with a lacrosse participant from North Carolina.
A health worker concluded that the 22-year-old Love died of blunt power trauma to her head, however protection and prosecution consultants provided differing medical opinions on the deadly penalties of her accidents.
As jury choice started Monday, lots of the potential jurors instructed Judge Richard Moore they’d learn or heard media experiences concerning the case after Yeardley was killed or throughout Huguely’s felony trial in 2012. Moore dismissed three potential jurors who stated they’d fashioned an opinion concerning the case and could be unable to place that opinion apart to function jurors within the civil case.
The civil trial is anticipated to incorporate lots of the similar witnesses, though a lot of them are anticipated to testify in videotaped depositions as a substitute of in particular person.
Huguely’s legal professional, Matthew Green, stated the protection will acknowledge that Huguely’s assault and battery triggered Love’s dying and that her household is entitled to compensatory damages in an quantity to be determined by the jury. But he stated the protection doesn’t consider punitive damages are applicable.
Love’s mom and sister, and Huguely’s mom, had been current within the courtroom Monday.
Green stated Huguely can be delivered to court docket from jail on the day he’s scheduled to testify, however not on the opposite days of the trial.