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Ex-Student Huguely Seeks to Throw Out Murder Conviction

May 26, 2012

The former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted in February of second degree murder in the beating death of his sometimes girlfriend is seeking to throw out the verdict and get a new trial.

Lawyers for George W. Huguely said in court documents filed yesterday that a new trial should be held because their client was deprived of his constitutional right to counsel, the court failed to disallow certain jurors, certain medical testimony evidence was limited, and the court made other errors.

A jury of seven men and five women in Charlottesville, Virginia, recommended a prison sentence of 25 years for the crime -- an intentional killing that, unlike first degree murder, isn’t premeditated. Huguely was found guilty Feb. 22 in the death of Yeardly Love, a 22-year-old student and athlete at the university.

Commonwealth Attorney Warner D. Chapman didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message after regular business hours yesterday seeking comment on the filing.

The case is Commonwealth of Virginia v. Huguely, 11-00102, Virginia Circuit Court (Charlottesville).

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