CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/AP) Three search warrants obtained from the Charlottesville Circuit Court depict a gruesome crime scene at the apartment where University of Virginia student Yeardley Love was discovered dead Monday morning.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Love, 22, "was unresponsive and did not respond to rescue attempts. The victim's pillow was covered in blood and she had a large bruise on the side of her face which appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma. Her right eye was swollen shut and she had bruises and cuts on her chin. The door to her bedroom had been forced open by what appeared to be a fist punching through the door."
Another affidavit states that when questioned about the incident on May 3, 2010, suspect George Huguely "waived his rights and admitted that he and Love were involved in an altercation and during the course of the altercation Huguely shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall. He admitted to kicking Love's bedroom door down and had injuries on his right leg consistent with kicking an object," according to the documents obtained by CBS affiliate WCAV.
The affidavits also claim that Huguely, who's also 22, acknowledged that he and Yeardley Love had been in a relationship that ended. Police further state that Huguely told them he and Love had communicated via e-mail and that he took her computer from her room after their altercation, and further told them where they could find the computer, which was recovered.
Police have collected DNA samples from both the victim and the assailant. Hairs were found surrounding the hole that was punched through Love's bedroom door and will be compared to hair samples provided by Huguely. Other DNA samples will be looked at and taken into evidence.
About 230a.m. Monday, police responded to a call they received from Yeardley
Love's roommate who believed the 22-year-old lacrosse player had an
alcohol overdose, but police said when they arrived Love was already
dead and had signs of apparent physical trauma. Hours later, George
Huguely was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Huguely's lawyer said at his client's arraignment that he is confident Love's death was an accident.