I believe it was many hours later when suspect spoke to police and confessed. Not sure being under influence would prevent him from being able to waive his rights...not the law's fault if he is drunk and stupid, i.e. although I am sure it will be argued. I think her roommate must have jumped to conclusions when she could not wake her roommate as murder would not be the first thing to come to mind...
In any case, it will be hard to avoid first-degree if there were any previous threats on record...whether he meant to kill her on that night or not. I would not be surprised to see a plea to 2nd degree, if confession is upheld, as 1st degree would seem likely verdict to me. On NG they said his lawyer made a huge mistake in claiming her death was a tragic accident as it rules out trying the "impaired and doesn't remember" defense later on...
Just my opinion, of course.
Could be hours after the injury.
And I disagree that her roommates "must have known she was quite intoxicated."
If they found her unresponsive they could have assumed it was because she were drunk without knowing anything of the sort.
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George Huguely can say to his #1 ranked lacrosse team before NCAA Div 1 tournament, I screw up by doing stupid decision that affects everyone from both families, friends, teammates, coaches, lacrosse program and school leaders. There are plenty of women available everywhere in case he failed the relationship with the victim. It's not that hard.
I hope cause of death is released soon but obviousl she was alive when he beat her...so she had not overdosed on alcohol or anything else at that point and we do not know that she had anything in her system. Her roommate may have jumped to a conclusion without knowing anything at all other than that Yeardley was not responsive and in college, sadly, that is often due to drugs or alcohol, certainly more often than murder. But it will easy for ME to determine if head injuries caused her death and then it won't matter. Then the lawyers can argue about intent, but I have a feeling that the computer issues will hurt him more than the confession, if there are threats there. So throw out confession, hypothetically, and we have a girl beaten to death and an ex-BF sending threats (possibly)-still a pretty good case for prosecution IMO.
Just my opinion, of course.
Just saw this on the news and I'm paraphrasing.
The officer from his previous arrested said HG was out of control and used color statements such as "I'll kill all you b!tches, y'all are a bunch of (blanks)." She also said he used sexually and racially charged language. Upon reading about HG's current arrest, the former arresting officer said she was not surprised by his arrest. "He was by far the most rude most hateful most combative college kid I ever dealt with."
He wanted that computer for a reason. He knows what on it will convict him.
I agree with you about the previous threats and the plea of 2nd degree. As far as impaired and doesn't remember--he certainly seemed to remember enough of what happened. I don't think he see involuntary manslaughter, but I think his co-operation may get 2nd degree.
BUT....we don't know everything yet either.
How tragic for both families. I wonder how long the parents had been divorced and he was still having anger issues over it?
I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
Looking at it from this angle and from cases such as Natasha R., this girl could have still been alive and even walking and talking when he grabbed the computer and left. It seems that taking it would indicate that he knew how seriously she was injured, but then again, it could be as simple as it was a computer that he loaned to her or gave her. We will have to hope that the questions such as this will be answered eventually. But then again, the next court date is a month away and likely to be delayed for various reasons. Cases such as this tend to fade in the public view and if a plea is reached, most information may never be public knowledge.
I am still confused with the emphasis on her computer....they can get her e mail messages from ANY computer, so taking her computer had no effect on whether anything would be found there. Any LE can sit at his desk and sign on to her account if someone gives them the right information to do so.
You can 'accidentally' hit someone once, but repeatedly with their head banging the wall? ehhhh, no!
This was no accident and he had plenty of time in between blows to stop. He didn't.
I don't feel sorry for him. He's getting what he deserves, I hope.