RICHMOND — A former University of Virginia lacrosse participant is chargeable for fatally beating his girlfriend in 2010 and should pay $15 million in damages in a wrongful demise lawsuit, a jury discovered Monday.
George Huguely V is at the moment serving a 23-year jail sentence within the killing of Yeardley Love after being convicted of second-degree homicide throughout a 2012 felony trial. Huguely and Love each performed lacrosse at UVA and had a two-year, on-again, off-again relationship earlier than Yeardley was discovered crushed to demise in her off-campus condo on May 3, 2010.
The lawsuit sought to carry Huguely civilly liable in Love’s demise and requested the jury to award $29.5 million in compensatory damages, plus $1 million in punitive damages to her mom, Sharon Love, the administrator of her property.
On Monday, the jury dominated that $7.5 million in compensatory damages must be given to each Sharon Love and Yeardley Love’s sister, Lexi Love Hodges. Punitive damages weren’t awarded.
During the trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court, Huguely’s lawyer, Matthew Green, acknowledged that Huguely’s actions brought on Yeardley’s demise and mentioned her household was entitled to compensatory damages in an quantity to be decided by the jury.
But Green mentioned Huguely had been consuming closely for greater than 24 hours earlier than he confronted Love in her condo, didn’t intend to kill her and was unaware that she was lifeless till police advised him whereas questioning him the subsequent morning. Green argued that Huguely’s actions didn’t rise to the extent of “willful and wanton” conduct wanted for a jury to award punitive damages beneath Virginia regulation.
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Love, of Cockeysville, Maryland, and Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, have been each 22-year-old UVA seniors who have been weeks away from commencement.
Love’s attorneys advised jurors that Huguely and Love had a rocky relationship that was broken by Huguely’s extreme consuming. They mentioned Huguely kicked a gap in Love’s bed room door, then beat her and left her alone in her condo with out searching for medical consideration. A medical expert concluded she died of blunt drive trauma to her head.
Huguely testified that he doesn’t keep in mind breaking into her room and leaving her fatally injured. He mentioned he had been consuming closely and in contrast his reminiscence of the evening Love was killed to a slideshow through which 98% of the slides had been eliminated.
Toward the top of his testimony, Huguely turned to Love’s mom and sister and apologized for killing her.
“I miss her and think about her every day. I would do anything to take back that night,” he mentioned. “I take responsibility for what happened to her and I should have never gone over to her apartment that night.”
Sharon Love initially filed a wrongful demise lawsuit in 2012, however it was voluntarily dismissed years later after courtroom rulings decided that Huguely was not entitled to protection beneath a $6 million owners insurance coverage coverage held by his household.
A brand new lawsuit filed in 2018 dropped negligence claims, however added a declare alleging that an assault and battery by Huguely was the proximate reason behind Love’s demise.