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In this October 2014, file photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court won’t hear Virginia lacrosse-case appeal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the conviction of George W. Huguely V in the beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore.

Huguely’s lawyers argued that he was denied the right to a fair trial after one of his attorneys became too sick to appear in court and the trial judge allowed proceedings to go ahead anyway.

The Virginia Supreme Court refused to hear Huguely’s appeal last year.

Huguely’s slaying of the suburban Baltimore woman occurred in May 2010 in Charlottesville. The two had had an on-again, off-again relationship.