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Attorney illness delays UVa trial defense

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The trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely has been suspended on Thursday because one of the defense co-counsel's is sick.

Huguely claimed in a taped interview that Love banged her head against the wall repeatedly while he asked her to stop. (Sketch: Bill Hennessy)

Co-Defense counsel Rhonda Quagliania took ill. She had been the attorney that prepared Thursday morning's proceedings.

The trial will resume tomorrow morning at 9:30am.

This is a difficult stall in a case that is in it's 9th day, counting two full days of jury selection.

It is expected that the trial will be conducted on Saturday. However, Monday is a federal holiday and Tuesday is a grand jury day, so court will not be held on those days.

It isn't known if Huguely will take the witness stand in his own defense. So far, the one-time UVA lacrosse's player’s voice has only been heard when prosecutor's played his interview with Charlottesville police, in the hours after Love had been found dead.

Thursday, defense counsel was expected to bring in at least one other medical expert to refute the prosecution's contention that murder victim Yeardley Love died due to blunt force trauma. Also in the defense witness line up, Huguely's divorced parents, George Huguely IV and Marta Murphy.

Follow ABC7's Gail Pennybacker's (@ABC7Gail) live tweets from the courtroom.

George Huguely IV had been with his son most of the day May 2nd, 2010 at a golf outing. Friends and former teammates told the court that the younger Huguely had been drunk all that day and into the evening and that he argued with his father before they parted company around 11 p.m.

Prosecutors say it was moments after that when Huguely kicked in the door to Love's bedroom, attacked her and left her for dead.

Defense lawyers say Love was drunk and suffocated in her pillow after falling down in her bedroom.

More defense witnesses are expected to say that George loved his longtime, on again, off again girlfriend and fellow UVA lacrosse player - but that the combination of jealousy and alcohol between the two spelled a tragic accident.

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