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University student pleads not guilty to ex-girlfriend's murder

Twenty-four-year-old former university lacrosse player George Huguely is currently facing murder and other criminal charges after his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her apartment. If someone in Maryland was facing such serious charges, it would almost necessitate that he or she find an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help clear his or her name.

If the man had spoken with an attorney immediately after being arrested, his lawyer, like any lawyer in Washington, D.C., would have advised him to never speak with the police. Unfortunately, the young man, then 22-years-old, waived his Miranda Rights and law enforcement officials claim Huguely confessed to going to Love's apartment and quarreled with her. Police say that he admitted to shaking her after he kicked in the door to her bedroom.

The man's attorneys, however, say he was unaware of the woman's death until a detective told him, and that the woman's death was caused by a deadly combination of alcohol and Adderall, which created an irregular heartbeat.

In his recent court date, Huguely pled not guilty and the upcoming trial is expected to last a while. He has been charged with entering a house with the intention to commit a felony, grand larceny, burglary, robbery of a residence, murder in the first degree, and felony murder in a robbery or attempted robbery.

While Huguely may have made a mistake in talking with police, it is possible that he chose to waive his Miranda rights and speak with the police because he felt intimidated, confused or was under intense stress from the accusations. At the time of his arrest he was only 22-years-old and was being accused of the murder of his former girlfriend; it may have been enough for him to confess to something he did not do. In addition, there may be a challenge in ensuring that Huguely receives a fair trial because of the national attention the case has received.

Source: ABC News, "UVA Lacrosse Murder Trial: George Huguely Pleads Not Guilty," Christina Ng, Feb. 6, 2012

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