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George Huguely Wants New Trial

By January 23, 2013

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A former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend to death is asking for a new trial. Attorneys for George Huguely V have appealed is conviction for killing Yeardley Love in a drunken rage in May 2010.

Huguely's attorneys argued that the judge's instructions to the jury were inadequate.

In February 2012, Huguely was sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder and grand larceny. But his attorneys believe he would have been convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter if the judge's instructions had been different.

Inadequate Definition of 'Malice'

In their appeal, Huguely's attorneys argued that the judge's instruction regarding the meaning of "malice" were inadequate. With the proper instruction, they argued, the jury would have not convicted Huguely of second-degree murder.

"Mr. Huguely requested an additional sentence in the jury instruction clarifying that malice requires 'a wicked or corrupt motive' or an 'evil mind,'" Huguely's attorneys wrote. "The circuit court rejected that request even though this Court and the Virginia Supreme Court have repeatedly included this language in the definition of malice."

Other Errors Argued

They also pointed out that during deliberations when jurors asked for a clarification of the definition of malice, it proved that judge's instructions were not sufficient enough to define the term legally.

The attorneys also argued other "constitutional and procedural errors" in their 56-page appeal.

Both Huguely and Love played lacrosse for the university and had a stormy relationship. They were broken up on May 3, 2010, when Huguely kicked a hole in Love's apartment door and an argument ensued. She was later found face down on a bloody pillow in her bed.

See Also:
UVa. Lacrosse Killer George Huguely Appeals for New Trial

Earlier Articles:
Huguely Gets 23 Years for Murder

Huguely Guilty of Yeardley Love Murder
Virginia Lacrosse Player Charged With Murder

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January 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(1) lax'r says:

Be happy that you didn’t get a noose and a tree
do your paltry time like the man you should be rather than the spoiled bully you are
Beating to death a tiny little 20 yr old 5’2 90 pound girl …..you must be so proud of yourself

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