Lawyers Argue for New Trial in for UVA Lacrosse Player Murder Case
CHARLOTTESVILLE (WRIC) - Attorneys for former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial.
Huguelywas convicted in the beating death of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love last year. He's currently serving a 23 year prison term but his lawyers say there were several problems with his trial.
Lawyers argued that Huguely's sixth amendment rights were violated when the trial continued without one of his lawyers, also that two jurors were not impartial and never should have been seated.
During the trial one of Huguely's attorneys became sick. Huguely's other attorney told the judge he could continue despite objections from Huguely saying he didn't want to continue until his second attorney was well enough to return. The trial, instead, moved forward.
Huguely's lawyers say the judge should have delayed the trial for one day at that point.
They also argue that two jurors had preconceived notions about Huguely, including believing he was guilty and that athletes are taught to be violent on the field.