Appeals court upholds George Huguely murder conviction
Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, convicted in 2012 of killing his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, will not get a new trial.
The state court of appeals rejected George hugely appeal today. The court has ruled it couldn’t find any mistakes made by the judge, and found no reason to overturn the verdict.
Huguely was found guilty of second- degree murder for killing Yeardley Love in 2010, and was later sentenced to 23 years in prison.
His legal team argued that the judge in Charlottesville should have delayed his trial, when one of Huguely’s attorneys got sick and had to miss a day and a half of the 12 day long trial.
They also said several jurors should not have been allowed to serve, because they may have had strong opinions about the case. Additionally, lawyers argued that jurors were not all clear on the definition of “malice.”
Shortly after the conviction, mother Sharon Love filed a $30.5 million suit against Huguely. In addition she filed a suit against the university, saying officials ignored Huguely’s drinking problem.
Huguely is currently serving a 23 year sentence.
Statement from Sharon and Lexie Love
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this entire process.
“We are relieved and ready to put this chapter behind us so that we can devote our full efforts towards building The One Love Foundation, and continue to raise awareness about Relationship Violence.
“We would also like to thank Dave Chapman and Leah Darron for their dedication and working tirelessly on Yeardley’s behalf.”