Former University of Virginia lacrosse teammates of George Huguely V testified against him as the prosecution wrapped its case in his murder trial this week.
Meanwhile, the defense brought its first witness, a doctor who said Yeardley Love, his fellow lacrosse player ex, died of suffocation, not blunt force trauma.
Jan Leestma, a neuropathologist, contradicted the prosecution's medical witnesses, saying he saw swelling on Love's brain but no sign of blunt force trauma.
"I could not conclude it is trauma," he said. Instead, he suggested, she suffocated on a bloody pillow. The lack of oxygen to her brain likely caused the swelling, he claimed.
Moreover, the rush of blood during resuscitation attempts caused the bruising.
The prosecution argues that George Huguely murdered Yeardley Love in a May 2010 incident in which he shook her violently until her head banged a wall.
The defense says it was a tragic accident, and that Huguely's actions did not directly kill Love, his on-and-off girlfriend at the University of Virginia.One of the final witnesses for the prosecution, Ken Clausen, a former lacrosse teammate of Huguely's, testified Wednesday that Huguely had lied about where he had been when he returned home from Love's apartment the night in question.
Clausen said that George Huguely's demeanor had changed and that he was so drunk he wasn't making any sense, Thursday's Today show reports.
Clausen said Huguely, now 24, claimed he had been downstairs in an apartment with two other teammates. But Clausen later discovered that wasn't true.
Other teammates also testified that Huguely had been drinking heavily all day, and that he had a blank stare on his face when he returned that night.