Ex-Virginia college lacrosse player set to appeal murder conviction

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[December 11, 2013]  (Reuters)  A Virginia court was set to hear an appeal Wednesday from George Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, who was convicted last year of killing his ex-girlfriend.

A jury had found Huguely guilty in February 2012 of grand larceny and the second-degree murder of Yeardley Love, 22, who was found beaten to death shortly before she was due to graduate.

In August 2012 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Love, from Cockeysville, Maryland, died of blunt-force trauma after Huguely forced his way into her apartment bedroom as she slept and slammed her head against a wall in a drunken rage.

The case drew national media attention to the quiet college town of Charlottesville, Va., some 117 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

Huguely, from Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested after Love's body was found on May 3, 2010. The charges against him had included first-degree murder.

The pair had once played on the university's nationally ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams.

Over the course of the trial, defense attorneys argued that Huguely's judgment on the night of Love's death was clouded by severe alcohol abuse, and that prosecutors had failed to prove Huguely intended to kill Love. Instead, they suggested she suffocated in her bloody pillow.

Huguely, who did not testify during his trial, told police he may have shaken Love "a little bit" but said she hit her own head against the wall.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum)

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