Huguely: judge sets jury process
Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire decided the jury selection process for former University student George Huguely's upcoming murder trial at a hearing yesterday.
Huguely faces first-degree murder charges for the May 3, 2010 death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.
Jury selection begins Feb 6. and the trial could begin as early as the next day, Hogshire said.
The court plans to interview 160 potential jurors and will select 12 to serve during the trial, as well as three alternates.
Huguely's defense team argued that it would be difficult to find jurors who had not already formed opinions about the case because of its extensive media coverage.
"The number of people who know nothing about this case from outside sources is very limited," said Rhonda Quagliana, one of Huguely's attorneys. She also requested that the court prevent any discussion of the case between jurors.
Hogshire said the court would evaluate whether potential jurors had been affected by domestic violence using a questionnaire with both the defense and the prosecution submitting a list of about 10 potential questions.\n
-compiled by Krista Pedersen