We have been silent the past few weeks as George Huguely's trial in the murder of Yeardley Love has progressed, for a number of reasons. The first is that we are not in the courtroom, we don't have the evidence before us, and we're not hearing the arguments made by both sides. The second is that we're here to feed you all with information on Virginia sports, and while tangentially related in that both the defendant and the victim were lacrosse players, I don't find it in my place to feed the play-by-play of a murder trial. There are all sorts of other reasons that I can list another day in another forum.
That having been said, we'd be remiss not to at least make mention of events garnering such national attention in cozy Charlottesville.
After approximately nine hours of deliberations, the jury in the case just reached a verdict, finding Huguely guilty of second degree murder and grand larceny, and not guilty on all other counts.
The judge in the case has provided the jury with instructions on its sentencing recommendation. According to the Washington Post, Huguely faces at least five, and up to 40, years in prison on the murder charge. The Daily Progress has also been covering the story closely, as have any number of media sources that you can find with a quick Google search.
I present this to you without comment, except that this writer's thoughts are with both the Love and Huguely families, both of whom are going through times I can't imagine and wouldn't wish upon anyone.