U-Va. Unaware of Suspected Killer's Earlier Violent Arrest

Huguely, 7 other lacrosse players busted for booze
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2010 1:44 AM CDT
Members of the Virginia women's lacrosse team, including coach Julie Myers, second from right, attend a memorial for teammate Yeardley Love last night.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – University of Virginia officials had no idea about an alcohol-related arrest that would have resulted in murder suspect George Huguely being sent for counseling and suspension from the lacrosse team. Huguely, accused of murdering ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, was Tasered and arrested after a drunken confrontation with police near a frat house in 2008. University officials rely on students to report arrests themselves, but will now start screening students against public records, the Washington Post reports.

Huguely threatened to kill everyone at the police department when busted in 2008, and was "by far the most rude, most hateful and most combative college kid I ever dealt with," the arresting officer told the New York Times. Huguely, 22, is among 8 of 41 students on the lacrosse team with alcohol-related arrests on their records. The team has a strict policy against drinking, but "alcohol and lacrosse have gone hand-in-hand since my days at Brown in the 1970s," the team's coach says.

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