A former University of Virginia lacrosse player pleaded not guilty to the death of his ex-girlfriend in court Monday.
George Huguely V, a 24-year-old Chevy Chase native and graduate, pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery and other charges related to the death of Yeardley Love, a Cockeysville resident, according to The Huffington Post.
The Baltimore Sun reports that attorneys are questioning a pool of 160 potential jurors in a Charlottesville, VA courtroom and the process, expected to continue through Tuesday, is arduous. Twelve jurors and three alternates will be chosen for the trial.
Streets near Charlottesville Circuit Court, where the trial is being held, have been shut down to accommodate the increased activity in the area, which includes more than 175 media members expected to report on the proceedings, according the The Daily Progress. A food truck vendor, parked alongside others near the court, said he plans to camp out in the area for two weeks during the media firestorm.
Citing respect for the family, Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress of Towson's , which Love, 22, attended, declined comment on the trial, but said in a news release that "We are proud to claim Yeardley as one of ‘our girls’—she was a talented young woman who was truly the embodiment of her name...Love."
University of Virginia President Terry Sullivan encouraged students and staff to utilize the school's counseling services if necessary as the case proceeds, according to NY Daily News. Cami Colarossi, director of communications for Notre Dame Prep, told Patch that while there is no formal counseling plan in place, students who request help will be accommodated.
"We are a community that is blessed to have such wonderful counselors available," Colarossi said.
The Baltimore Sun obtained comments from Charlottesville locals opining about the case, many of whom are convinced of Huguely's guilt.
Love, who also played lacrosse at the college, in her Charlottesville apartment in May 2010.