April 12, 2011
On Monday, a judge decided that there is enough evidence against George Huguely to move the case forward. However, that does not necessarily mean the case will go to trial.
The former University of Virginia lacrosse player is facing six felony counts, including the murder of Yeardley Love.
During the preliminary hearing, Love's roommate, Caity Whiteley, described how she found Love's lifeless body. Officers, rescue workers and friends also provided evidence in the case against Huguely. A judge decided it was enough evidence to move the case forward; it will go before a grand jury on April 18.
"A case cannot go forward without a grand jury issuing indictments," said Scott Goodman, an area attorney. Goodman has no connection with the Huguely case, but was present during the preliminary hearing as an observer in the courtroom.
The grand jury will meet in secret to hear the evidence which was presented during Huguely's preliminary hearing. The grand jurors will decide if there is probable cause that Huguely committed the crimes listed in the six charges against him.
"The judge has now found probable cause, a citizen grand jury can still hear the same evidence and they can decide no, this is an unjust prosecution, the case should not go forward, and the case can't go forward," said Goodman. The grand jury is made up of citizens who have deep roots in Charlottesivlle.
"People whose reputation is impeccable. The people sitting on the grand jury in all likelihood are those who have serve on grand juries before," explained Goodman.