Civil suit seeks $41m over murder of US college lacrosse star
A wrongful death lawsuit brought by Ms Love’s mother seeks to hold George Huguely V liable in her killing.
Ms Love and Huguely — who also played lacrosse at UVA — were in an on-again, off-again dating relationship. The lawsuit seeks US$29.5 million ($41 million) in compensatory damages and US$1 million ($1.4 million) in punitive damages.
Eleven jurors were chosen to hear the case, including seven regular jurors and four alternates.
The trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court is expected to last about eight days. Opening statements are expected today.
Ms Love, of Cockeysville, Maryland, and Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, were both seniors who were weeks away from graduation.
They were known for their play on UVA’s nationally ranked men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, but also for their volatile relationship.
Prosecutors said Huguely kicked a hole in Ms Love’s bedroom door, then beat her after a day of golf and binge drinking, enraged that she had been in a relationship with a lacrosse player from North Carolina.
A medical examiner concluded the 22-year-old Ms Love died of blunt force trauma to her head, but defence and prosecution experts offered differing medical opinions on the lethal consequences of her injuries.
During the jury selection process overnight many of the potential jurors told Judge Richard Moore they had read or heard media reports about the case after Ms Love was killed or during Huguely’s criminal trial in 2012.
Judge Moore dismissed three potential jurors who said they had formed an opinion about the case and would be unable to put that opinion aside to serve as jurors in the civil case.
The civil trial is expected to include many of the same witnesses, although many of them are expected to testify in videotaped depositions instead of in person.
Huguely’s attorney, Matthew Green, said the defence will acknowledge that Huguely’s assault and battery caused Ms Love’s death and that her family is entitled to compensatory damages in an amount to be decided by the jury.
But he said the defence does not believe punitive damages are appropriate.
Ms Love’s mother and sister, and Huguely’s mother, were present in the courtroom overnight.
Mr Green said Huguely will be brought to court from prison on the day he is scheduled to testify, but not on the other days of the trial.
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