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Huguely presses challenge to conviction

The Virginia college student convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend to death has appealed his murder conviction to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Yeardley Love, will ask the high court to review the March 4 decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals affirming the conviction.

Huguely’s petition for appeal was filed at the Supreme Court on April 25, according to the court’s online records. The court has discretion whether to hear the appeal.

Huguely is being represented in his criminal case by Craig S. Cooley of Richmond and Paul A. Clement of Alexandria.

The criminal case gave rise to three civil actions, including a $30.45 million negligence lawsuit filed against Huguely by Love’s family in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Two insurance companies have gone to court in Maryland asking a judge to declare that they do not owe coverage for the claims in that tort lawsuit because Huguely has refused to answer questions about the 2010 incident.

The two insurance coverage disputes have been put on hold until the criminal case is resolved or the negligence suit moves forward. The judge in the negligence lawsuit was asked to stay that proceeding, as well. It was not clear if motions to stay have been ruled upon.

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