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Opening statements in George Huguely murder trial expected Wednesday

Yeardley Love Personal Photo

George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)
George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)
UVA Media Relations
(CBS/AP) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Opening statements are expected Wednesday in the trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.

Jury selection this week resulted in a full pool of 28 potential jurors in Charlottesville Circuit Court. They were expected to return Wednesday so that a jury can be seated for the case against Huguely.

Pictures: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

The suspect has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five other charges in the May 2010 death of the 22-year-old Love, a member of the women's lacrosse team.

Court documents state the 24-year-old defendant told police he kicked in Love's bedroom door, then shook her during an argument which caused her head to hit a wall several times. The state medical examiner's office said Love died of head trauma.

A roommate of Love found her dead facedown on her pillow.

The Washington Post reports Huguely's attorneys have said that final argument was a tragic accident.

Monday was the first time Huguely appeared in person in court in the nearly two years since his May 2010 arrest.

When Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire asked, "Are you ready for trial today?" Huguely said "Yes sir."

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