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

(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.

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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. (Read more University of Virginia stories.)

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