Huguely unhappiness: Murderer won't get new trial from judge
George Huguely did not look pleased. His lawyer was hurling out argument after argument to the judge who oversaw his trial– and each argument got shot down.
Huguely, 24, was convicted in February of second-degree murder in the 2010 beating death of his girlfriend, fellow UVA lacrosse player and student Yeardley Love.
As defense lawyer Fran Lawrence was trying to convince Judge Edward Hogshire Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence of malicious intent, Huguely raised his cuffed hands to chin, and his mother– making the same gesture– slumped forward.
"He comes in and puts his foot through the door," exclaimed the incredulous Hogshire.
"I understand that he did that, Judge," replied Lawrence before launching into additional pleas for Hogshire to set aside the verdict.
It didn't happen.
On every topic, including the allegation that the judge unfairly denied a defense witness the latitude to answer questions on certain medical topics after the defense admitted that it breached the rules by sharing trial info among witnesses, the judge shot them down.
The now long-haired and unshaven former student athlete stared out at his parents, sister, and other relatives in Charlottesville Circuit Court during the August 22 hearing which resulted in a ruling that sentencing will take place as planned August 30.
The jury recommended 25 years on the second-degree murder charge and another year for the theft of Love's laptop computer. Legal experts with whom the Hook has conferred predict no deviation from the jury's proposed sentence.
After sentencing, Huguely's only remaining venues within the state judicial system would be the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.
–5:01pm on Sunday, August 26: photo changed for print publication; last sentence addedThis story is a part of the Huguely trial coverage special.Read more on: George Huguely