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Former U.Va. athlete seeking new trial

7:40 AM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
Lacrosse player George Huguely is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love. Huguely waived his Miranda rights and told police he shook Love and that her head repeatedly hit the wall.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorneys for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend to death are taking the case to the Virginia Court of Appeals.
    
Lawyers for George W. Huguely V on Tuesday filed a petition for appeal with the court arguing that constitutional and procedural errors entitle him to a new trial.
    
The Maryland man is serving 23 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the May 2010 slaying of 22-year-old women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. She was found dead in her Charlottesville bedroom where Huguely confronted her after a day of heavy drinking.
    
The petition argues that Huguely was denied the right to his chosen lawyer, the right to a fair and impartial jury, and other violations.
    
Virginia has 30 days to respond to the petition.

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1/22/2013 3:52:45 PM (GMT -5:00)

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