Ex-UVa lax player appeals conviction

Updated: May 31, 2012, 3:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V, found guilty in February of murdering his former girlfriend, is appealing his conviction, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Huguely's attorneys cited errors before and during the trial in a motion filed Friday asking that the second-degree murder charge for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love be overturned. Huguely also was convicted of grand larceny, which his lawyers hope to have tossed out as well.

Prosecutors said Huguely killed the U.Va. women's lacrosse player after a day of golf and binge drinking, incensed that she had a relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player. Love's right eye was bashed in, and she was hit with such power that her brain was bruised. She also had a wrenching head injury that caused bleeding at the base of her brain stem.

A medical examiner concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Defense and prosecution experts offered different medical opinions on the lethal consequences of her injuries.

Huguely's attorneys said Huguely only went to Love's apartment to talk before the encounter quickly turned physical. He said she banged her head against the wall of her bedroom, and she only had a bloody nose when he left.

In Friday's motion, Huguely's attorneys argued that Judge Edward Hogshire failed to temporarily suspend the trial when one of Huguely's lawyers became sick.

The attorneys also state the jurors were not properly sequestered by Hogshire during intense pre-trial news coverage, nor did the judge deliver jury instructions correctly. Huguely's attorneys also argue the evidence didn't support the second-degree murder charge.

"It was clear from the evidence that Mr. Huguely should have been convicted of no more serious offense than manslaughter," the motion says, according to The Associated Press.

Huguely, 24, is awaiting sentencing in August and faces up to 26 years in prison.

Love's mother, Sharon, is seeking more than $60 million from two wrongful death lawsuits, one filed against Huguely and another claim against Virginia's men's lacrosse team coaches, athletic department and the state.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

ALSO SEE