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posted 03.05.2014 at 4.09 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Huguely Murder Conviction Upheld After Appeal

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected several claims by attorneys for former Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, who were challenging his second-degree murder conviction for the killing of Yeardley Love.

The Court of Appeals of Virginia found no reversible errors in Huguely's conviction after arguments from attorneys on a few issues related to the February 2012 trial in Charlottesville, including a claim that Huguely was denied counsel when one of his attorneys fell ill during the trial, the questioning of the seating of jurors and that jurors were not properly instructed on the meaning of "malice" under Virginia law.

Huguely is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for the May 2010 death of Love, a member of the Virginia women's lacrosse team, and for a grand larceny conviction. He would be 45 years old upon his release from jail assuming he serves the full sentence. He is not eligible for parole, per Virginia law, but his sentence can be reduced by 15 percent for good behavior and participation in programs offered by the state's Department of Corrections.

Love's mother, Sharon Love, has filed a pair of civil lawsuits seeking nearly $60 million total. One is aimed at Huguely while the other at university and athletic department officials and coaches. The latter claims they ignored Huguely's drinking and violent behavior.