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Yeardley Love Update: Judge Denies Defense Access to Slain UVA Lacrosse Player's Medical Records

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George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)
George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/WCAV/AP) Although attorneys for George Huguely had hoped to have access to all of Yeardley Love's medical records, a Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday that the slain University of Virginia lacrosse player's records will remain sealed, except for information about her prescription for Adderall.

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Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. announced his finding in Charlottesville General District Court, saying the 22-year-old's medical history contained nothing out of the ordinary or anything relevant to the case, reports The Washington Post.

Judge Downer said there was nothing "remotely embarrassing or unusual for a woman who is a student athlete," according to CBS affiliate WCAV.

Defense attorneys for the 23-year-old Huguely, who is charged with the murder of Love, his ex-girlfriend and classmate, had requested access to Love's medical records last week in order to prove that the cause of death is still inclusive.

During last week's hearing, Dr. Bill Gormley, the medical examiner who performed Love's autopsy, testified that Love died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

But defense attorneys brought in Dr. Jack Daniel, a pathologist in private consulting, who testified that Love died of cardiac arrhythmia. Daniel said he believes 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, reports The Daily Progress.

Police say Huguely shook Love repeatedly while her head hit the wall. Police say he 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.

Huguely has been in solitary confinement in a Charlottesville jail for the past seven months while awaiting his Jan. 21 hearing.

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