“I don’t believe that she’s dead. She’s not dead,” he said, repeating those three words again several times.
“Please tell me she’s not dead,” Huguely said. “There’s no way she’s dead. There’s no way. There’s no way.”
A slapping sound echoed through the courtroom, apparently Huguely slamming his hands or arms on the table. The tape was facing jurors and was not visible to family and spectators.
The tape’s audio quality was poor, and many of the questions and responses were difficult to understand. Jurors, many of whom have taken notes through three days of testimony, leaned over and looked intently at the screen.
During the first half of the police interrogation, Huguely agreed to waive his right to an attorney present. He made rambling and seemingly contradictory statements.
Huguely shifted in his seat during the playing of the videotape. When he was told of Love’s death on the video, he became more emotional and rubbed his eyes and appeared to be crying.
Prosecutors have presented former teammates of Love’s and Huguely’s who testified of their fiery relationship and infidelities. Huguely’s teammates also said that he had been drinking more, and that they had considered an intervention.
During the interrogation tape, Huguely said he drank heavily the day before Love’s death at a father-son golf outing at the Wintergreen resort. He said he drank beer while playing and wine at dinner that night.
But police and prosecutors said he tried to delete an email he sent to Love days earlier in which he wrote “I should have killed you” when he learned of her infidelity with a North Carolina lacrosse player.
While Huguely and Love dated for two years, their relationship at the time of her death was sputtering. Months before her death, a witness said he saw Love in Huguely’s chokehold. She had accused him of cheating.
Defense attorneys have yet to present their case,
During earlier testimony on Friday, a physician said Love did not have any pre-existing heart conditions that contributed to her death.
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