Va. court weighing new trial request in death of Cockeysville native Yeardley Love

RICHMOND, Va. - The Court of Appeals of Virginia is weighing a request for a new trial by a former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase who was convicted in the 2010 beating death of his ex-girlfriend .

The justices heard arguments Wednesday from the state and an attorney for George Huguely V, who was convicted in February 2012 in the slaying of Cockeysville native Yeardley Love.

Huguely's lawyers argued his sixth amendment rights were violated when the trial continued without one of his lawyers, and that two jurors were not impartial and never should have served.

Huguely is serving a 23-year sentence for the May 2010 beating death of Love, who was 22. Currently. with time served and good time credits, he's likely to be released around the time he's 40 years old.

Prosecutors said Huguely killed Love in a drunken, jealous rage. The young woman was was just three weeks away from graduating college when she was murdered.

Love had been dating George Huguely, but after several violent, drunken incidents that were later documented in court, she broke up with him.

"She didn't put up with anything," Sharon Love, Yeardley Love's mother, told ABC2 in a September 2012 interview . "And so she left. She left him. And ultimately that's why he did what he did, I think."

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this article.

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