Juror: Seeing photos of Love’s battered body was hardest part of Huguely trial

Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-28 18:43:04-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – What was it like to listen to days of testimony in the George Huguely murder trial?

One of the 12 jury members, a professor at the University of Virginia, who decided Huguely’s fate, is talking about the trial.

The 12 jurors in Charlottesville convicted Huguely of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of his ex-girlfriend Yeardly Love and recommended a sentence of 26 years in prison.

Jessica Jagloi, a reporter with WTVR’s sister station WCAV, was able to talk exclusively with juror Ian Glomski.  He told her coming to the verdict was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do.

Glomski said the hardest part of being on the jury was seeing the pictures of Yeardley Love’s body in the bloody aftermath of the beating she took that night in her apartment almost two years ago.  He said he also got to know George Huguely; about his promising future, but also of his excessive drinking and violent nature.

Though it was not an easy decision to send the former UVA student to prison, Glomski said he is at peace with it.

“When we came out with our verdict both times, I was not afraid to look at George,” said Glomski.  “I think that’s because I was confident that what we did was right.”

Glomski also said he feels for Huguely and that he’s sure he’s remorseful, but the evidence against him was overwhelming.  He feels the entire jury was competent and caring, and described how they came to a verdict of second degree murder.

“We all did not think that the killing was premeditated. We don’t think he went over there with the purpose of killing Yeardley Love.  George’s statement was very painful and I feel for him, but he bears his responsibility for what happened. I wish we weren’t put in that situation to make that judgment,” said  Glomski.

The 24-year-old Huguely will have a pre-sentencing hearing in April.

Click here to see the entire interview from WCAV.