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Jury deliberating in George Huguely murder trial

George Huguely and Yeardley Love
George Huguely and Yeardley Love AP/Daily Progress via Charlottesville Police Department

(CBS/AP) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jurors have begun deliberating Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused in the death of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.

Pictures: Yeardley Love murdered, George Huguely charged

48 Hours Mystery producer Marcie Spencer reports that on Wednesday morning, the jury requested to see Huguely's police interrogation video and asked Judge Edward Hogshire for the definition of the word "reason."

The judge responded that the jurors should use the standard definition of the word. He also said he expected the jury will have many questions as they deliberate.

Two alternate jurors were excused Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Huguely, who has pleaded not guilty, could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of murder in 22-year-old Love's death. Jurors can also consider lesser charges, including manslaughter and second-degree murder.

Love was found face down on her pillow in the early hours of May 3, 2010. Her right eye was swollen and bruised, she had marks on her chest that suggested she was grabbed and had injuries around her jaw, inside her mouth and neck. A coroner concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Medical experts offered various possible causes for her death, saying she may have died from a bruised and bleeding brain or smothering in her blood-dampened pillow.

In the video of his interrogation, Huguely says he went to Love's apartment the night of May 2, 2010 to talk about their relationship and that she "freaked out" when he broke into her room. Huguely admitted he may have shaken her but insisted he didn't grab her neck or punch her. He also claimed she repeatedly banged her head on the bedroom wall.

While the defense acknowledged during Saturday's closing arguments that Huguely had an unintended, accidental role in Love's death, they argued that he had no intent to harm her.

Prosecutors paint a more sinister picture, saying Huguely went to Love's room in a jealous rage, fatally beating her and leaving her to die. The altercation occurred less than one week after Huguely sent Love a threatening email about her apparent physical relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player.

Prosecutor Dave Chapman said that on the night of the altercation, Huguely left Love's apartment with her laptop computer, tossing it in a trash bin in an apparent attempt to hide incriminating emails.

The alleged computer theft is critical because Chapman hopes to convict Huguely on felony murder for Love's death, and to do so much connect Love's murder and the robbery. A conviction of felony murder carries a longer prison sentence.

According to ABC News, Huguely could be sentenced to anywhere from one day to life in prison, depending on the jury's verdict.

Complete coverage of Yeardley Love on Crimesider

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