Judges Hear Appeal of Ex-UVa. Lacrosse Player

By: AP
By: AP

Dec. 11, 2013

A Charlottesville jury convicted George Huguely of murder in 2010.
His lawyers were in back in court Wednesday to argue that he wasn't given a fair trial.

The Court of Appeals in Richmond heard the arguments in the case for George Huguely's appeal of his second-degree murder conviction.

Huguely was convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love back in May of 2010 when they were both UVA student athletes.

Attorneys for Huguely based his case for appeal on two claims.
First, that the trial judge placed too much emphasis on staying on schedule in the trial despite the severe illness of defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana.

He said that violated the 6th amendment rights of Huguely to have his "council of choice".

He also said that the trial court elevated a speedy trial over the rights of the defendant.

His other argument for appeal was that two of the jurors, although he alluded to more, were biased because they expressed strong feelings about the case in the jury selection process.

One juror they said was biased about the violent nature of student athletes. Another that said she had already made up her mind Huguely was guilty before proceedings began.

In their arguments, the defense said that they were exposed to some of the most watched, sensationalized reporting ever to come out of Charlottesville.

The government's case was that the defense was trying to shroud a simple case in a sixth amendment argument and that those jurors in question voiced their ability to be open-minded.

The three judge panel listened to both sides and asked questions, but did not give any indication of how they would rule.

This verdict from the judges could potentially take several months in a case this complex.

In this any case, Huguely will have to continue to serve out his 23 years in prison while this appeal works its way through the court system.

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