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Request to Review Yeardley Love's Medical Records Denied

December 22, 2010

The Washington Post is reporting that a Charlottesville District Court judge ruled Wednesday morning that defense attorneys representing George Huguely cannot review the medical records of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player, Yeardley Love.

Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. explained that the records provide nothing relevant to the murder case. According to the Post article, Judge Downer said there was nothing "remotely embarrassing or unusual for a woman who is a student athlete."

Huguely's lawyers asked the court on Dec. 15 for access to Love's medical records, saying the cause of death is still inconclusive. The medical examiner who performed Love's autopsy, Dr. Bill Gormley, testified in court that morning that the former University of Virginia lacrosse player's injuries were unusual. Gormley explained he could not say, with certainty, if her death was caused by the alleged beating from ex-boyfriend George Huguely.

Jack Daniel, a forensic consultant who also testified Dec. 15, said Love had Adderall in her system and that the presence of Adderall can make a person more susceptible to a heart arrhythmia. He argued that Love died from cardiac arrhythmia, not blunt force trauma.

While Dr. Gormley agreed Love had prescribed Adderall and alcohol in her system, he said the amounts were not enough to have contributed to her death and stood by his conclusion that Love died from blunt force injuries.


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