Appeal Seeking Early Release Denied In U.VA. Slaying

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former University of Virginia lacrosse player’s efforts to get released early from his 25-year sentence in the 2010 slaying of his ex-girlfriend have been denied, again, by a federal appellate court.

George Huguely V, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Yeardley Love, who also played lacrosse at U.Va. and was two weeks away from graduation when she was slain. Love, 22, of suburban Baltimore, was found dead in her apartment after Huguely kicked a hole in her bedroom door and beat her during a day of heavy drinking, according to trial testimony.

In an unpublished opinion issued last month, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Huguely’s attempt to appeal a denial by a federal judge, The Daily Progress reported. He then petitioned for a rehearing before a full panel of judges, which was denied last week. Huguely remains set for release in 2030. He's filed multiple unsuccessful appeals, and it's unclear if he has any more legal options.

Huguely also is being sued for wrongful death by Love’s mother and sister. The suit seeks compensation for assault and battery and punitive damages for her death, and is set for a jury trial in April, according to online court records.