Ex-U.Va. lacrosse player's murder trial delayed

By STEVE SZKOTAK | February 17, 2012 | 11:35 AM EST

George Huguely V, right, is escorted by a sheriff's deputy as he arrives for his trial at the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Huguely is accused in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. The body of the 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman was found battered in her apartment bedroom after what prosecutors say was one final, violent encounter. Huguely has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and other counts. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player has been delayed again because a defense attorney is sick.

George Huguely's first-degree murder trial resumed Friday morning despite the absence of a member of his defense team, who was ill for a second day. But by mid-morning the defense said it didn't want to proceed without attorney Rhonda Quagliana, and the judge relented. The defense will continue its presentation on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Huguely is accused in the slaying of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love in May 2010.

Huguely's defense had been expected to wrap up the majority of its case by Thursday, with closings to begin on Friday.