CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/WTVR) Defense attorneys for former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused of slaying his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, have asked a Charlottesville judge for access to her medical records.
The judge ruled Wednesday that the medical records of the 22-year-old whose lifeless body was found bruised and battered May 3 will remain sealed until he reviews them and determines whether they are relevant.
According to The Washington Post, defense attorneys believe that medical records from UVA's departments of student health and athletics are relevant and are hoping to use the documents to challenge the cause of death.
Dr. Jack Daniel, a pathologist in private consulting, has testified that he disagreed with the medical examiner's finding that Love died from blunt-force trauma. Instead, he proposed a new hypothesis and a new cause of death: cardiac arrhythmia.
He claims that the combination of alcohol and amphetamines in the form of Adderall found in Love's system caused insufficient blood flow to her head resulting in a lack of oxygen, says The Washington Post.
Daniel also examined Love's brain and claims that there were no injuries to her brain and the damage that was found could be attributed to CPR that was administered by a bystander or medical personnel, says The Washington Post.
Huguely is charged with first-degree murder in the death of fellow UVA lacrosse player and classmate Yeardley Love. He has admitted to shaking Love while her head struck the wall, according to police.
Police say he also told them that he saw blood dripping from Love's nose before he pushed her back down on her bed, stole her computer which contained e-mails exchanged between the two, and fled.
The 22-year-old Huguely has been in solitary confinement in a Charlottesville jail for the past seven months while awaiting his Jan. 21 hearing.