Defense begins in ex-lacrosse player murder trial

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A judge has refused to reduce or dismiss charges in the first-degree murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his girlfriend.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire acted Wednesday on a defense motion in the trial of George Huguely V. He is on trial accused of slaying Yeardley Love in a final, violent encounter with the suburban Baltimore woman.

With the motion dismissed, attorneys for Huguely have begun presenting their witnesses. The prosecution rested earlier Wednesday after presenting around 50 witnesses.