Yeardley Love's medical records to remain sealed for now

Charlottesville judge will determine whether they are relevant in murder case

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Yeardley Love (Handout, Associated Press )
December 16, 2010|By The Washington Post

A Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday that the medical records of Yeardley Love, a former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player who was slain in May, will remain sealed until he determines whether they are relevant.

Attorneys for George Huguely, the former U.Va. men's lacrosse player who has been charged with first-degree murder in Love's killing, are seeking her medical records. They have requested records from the university's student health and athletic departments, as well as from the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, with the hope of challenging the official cause of death.

Medical examiner William Gormley ruled that Love, 22, a Cockeysville resident and graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School, died of blunt-force injury to the head.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman opposed the release of Love's records, saying it would allow the defense to go on a "fishing expedition" into her health history. Love's mother, Sharon, submitted a letter to the court opposing the release.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase waived his right to appear in court Wednesday. He remains in a Charlottesville jail cell. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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