Murder trial for ex-U.Va. lacrosse player begins

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for both sides in the case of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend asked jurors Monday whether they believed intoxication could be a defense for murder.

While some jurors were held over for further questioning, none were chosen to determine the fate of George Huguely V, of Chevy Chase, Md. Huguely faces first-degree murder and other charges in the Mary 2010 death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love of Cockeysville, Md., another popular lacrosse player.

Huguely pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday. It was his first court appearance since his arrest in 2010, when he was ordered held without bond.

Court documents show Huguely told investigators he kicked in Love's bedroom door and then shook her, causing her head to hit a wall several times. The state medical examiner's office said Love died of trauma to the head. Huguely's attorneys contend Love died from an irregular heartbeat caused partially from taking prescription Adderall and drinking alcohol.

The process of choosing the jury from 160 candidates is expected to last through at least part of the day on Tuesday. The potential jurors will be narrowed to 27 then both sides will choose six to dismiss, leaving 12 jurors and three alternates.

Potential jurors also were asked their views on alcohol and domestic violence, media outlets reported.

Circuit Judge Edward L. Hogshire had issued an order barring defense attorneys, prosecutors and Charlottesville police from commenting on the case.

Many friends and family of both Huguely and Love were in the courtroom.

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