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Opening Brief Filed in Huguely Appeal

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George Huguely's murder conviction appeal is moving forward in Richmond. The former University of Virginia lacrosse player's legal team has now spelled out its case in black and white.

Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in May 2012 for the beating death of his ex-girlfriend, UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love.  For more on the case, click here.

Huguely's attorneys critique the court and the judge from the original trial for an unyielding insistence on meeting self-imposed deadlines. The papers were filed earlier this month at the court of appeals in Richmond.  The brief contains the same three arguments we've seen from the defense.

Huguely claims:


  • He was denied the right to counsel when Rhonda Quagliana, a defense attorney, missed a portion of the trial due to illness.
  • The court did not adequately explain the meaning of malice to the jury.
  • He did not have a fair jury. The legal brief goes into great detail on six jurors they say should have been struck.


The state has until September 3 to file its response.  The Associated Press reports it declined to respond to Huguely's filing.

Huguely is currently serving a 23-year term in state prison.

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