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Huguely lawsuit retooled, refiled

George Huguely V

George Huguely V

RICHMOND, Virginia — The family of slain University of Virginia student Yeardley Love has refiled its claims against George W. Huguely V, the fellow UVa student convicted of second-degree murder in Love’s 2010 death.

The new lawsuit in Charlottesville Circuit Court appears to abandon an earlier bid to trigger homeowners’ insurance coverage for the death claim. Gone are counts for negligence, gross negligence and willful and wanton negligence.

The initial lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed in June, scratching plans for a three-week trial in July. The Love family’s nonsuit followed a series of federal court decisions that extinguished any chance for coverage under a $6 million insurance policy covering Huguely’s family.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed denial of coverage in May and rejected a petition for rehearing on June 12.

There could be other sources of recovery for the Love family, however. In February, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore ordered Huguely to respond to an inquiry about any trust funds for which he is a beneficiary. His responses were not expected to be made public.

The demand in the refiled civil action against Huguely is unchanged. The suit seeks $29.45 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages for “assault and/or battery.”

Huguely is represented by Richmond attorney Matthew D. Green, who said he would meet with Huguely in the next couple of weeks to discuss the proper legal pleadings to file in response.

“Our position on the case remains unchanged,” Green said in an email. “George and his family continue to mourn Yeardley’s tragic death. It has now been over eight years since the events of May 2-3, 2010. We are hopeful that this matter can be set for a speedy trial. We believe that final resolution of the Loves’ legal claims will help bring a small measure of peace and closure to this terrible tragedy,” Green wrote.

Love’s mother and sister – the beneficiaries for any recovery – are represented by Jeffrey N. Stedman and other attorneys at his Richmond firm. He did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

Huguely is serving a 23 year sentence at Augusta Correctional Center. His release date is in 2030, according to online information from the Department of Corrections.

Huguely’s direct appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and Moore denied a habeas petition in August.

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