George Huguely did not merely leave his sometime girlfriend Yeardley Love bleeding in her pillow, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments in the latest murder trial to grip America.
He left her unable to move, disabled from the blows the 185-centimetre Mr Huguely had delivered to the 150-centimetre Ms Love in their final, violent argument in 2010, when he kicked through her bedroom door to reach her.
If she could have moved, the prosecutor, Warner Chapman, said, why wouldn't she ''have crawled to get help?'' Why would she not have stopped Mr Huguely from taking her laptop and why would she not have lifted her head off the pillow, where a roommate found her face down on May 3, 2010, about two hours after Mr Huguely had left?
Prosecutors and defence lawyers in the murder trial of Mr Huguely, 24, circled back to their original portrayals of him. To Mr Chapman, he remains a killer and a controlling, abusive, spurned lover. To the defence team, Mr Huguely is a ''stupid drunk'' and ''boy athlete'' who made bad choices but took no lethal actions.
Mr Huguely has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five other charges. He did not take the stand and his only statements on the record were those he made to police after his arrest. Mr Huguely and Ms Love, 22, had dated over two years at the University of Virginia, where they played lacrosse and were weeks away from graduation when she died, from what the medical examiner said was blunt force trauma to her head.
There is no dispute that Mr Huguely came to Ms Love's apartment late on May 2, nor that he kicked in her door or that he and Ms Love fought.
Jurors must decide what Mr Huguely did during that fight. The defence lawyer Francis Lawrence urged the jury to consider a lesser crime.
''George bears responsibility in her death … He played a role in that and he will take responsibility for it,in a way you determine,'' Mr Lawrence said. But, he asked, ''where's the intent to kill? He didn't kill her, he left her there alive.''