July 8, 2010
The documents have been released in the Yeardley Love homicide case, and at first glance, they do not appear to include any startling new information.
But they do paint a detailed description of what witnesses told police happened on the night Love died. That includes information about how she was dressed and the physical altercation between her and murder suspect George Huguely.
Witnesses, whose names were redacted from the documents, told police they found Yeardley Love in her bed wearing only panties. Several items were seized from Love's 14th Street apartment, including towels, a comforter, sheets, a pillow and a bed apron. The documents reveal that all the items had red stains on them.
A search of Huguely's 14th Street apartment turned up the Nike shorts Huguely told police he was wearing the night of Love's death, a passport in Huguely's name, a letter addressed to Yeardley Love and two Apple laptops.
Handwritten notes were recovered after a May 7 search of Huguely's 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, but the documents do not state who those notes are address to, if anyone.
During a May 5 search of George Huguely, police took a mouth swab, fingernail scrapings from both hands, hair samples from both legs and a hair sample from combing.
The search warrant for Love's apartment indicates police took: swabs of a red stain, hairs, fibers, a golf tee, the door to the victim's bedroom, wooden pieces, mobile phone, purse, digital camera, backpack, towels with red stains, Natural Light can, laptop case, comforter with red stains, sheets with red stains, swabs from wall stain, note in desk drawer, wrist band, lower bed apron with red stains, latent print.
The search warrant for Huguely's apartment indicates police took: a green spiral notebook, two white Apple laptop computers, blue cargo shorts, a blue UVa. polo shirt, an entryway rug, a white UVa. lacrosse T-shirt with red stains, two white socks, a bathroom rug, a shower curtain, a letter address to Yeardley Love, swabs were taken from the bathtub, kitchen and entryway door.
A spokesman for the City of Charlottesville said Love's family has also returned to police the T-shirt she was wearing on the night she died. Huguely told police she was wearing a shirt that might have contained evidence only after police had already searched Love's apartment.
CBS19's Liz Palka has been informed that as of 9am Thursday morning, the Commonwealth's Attorney is actively going through the Yeardley Love case documents, blacking out names of potential witnesses in the murder investigation of George Huguely.
Information from several search warrants and documents related to the Yeardley Love and George Huguely murder investigation will be made available to the public sometime Thursday.
The Commonwealth's Attorney will have until the close of business on Thursday, July 8 to release the information. All names of potential witnesses will be left out of the unsealed documents to protect the ongoing investigation.
A warrant regarding the search of George Huguely, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player charged with Love's murder, will be made public along with search warrants from both of their apartments and a vehicle.
However, internet and cell phone records will remain secured.
Judge John McGrath made the ruling a week ago, on July 1, following a more than five-hour hearing in Charlottesville. The court hearings came as a result of a request from several media outlets, including the Daily Progress, to release information sealed following the death of Love.