Virginia court affirms George Huguely's murder conviction

RICHMOND, Va - Sharon and Lexie Love say they're ready to put all their efforts toward building up "The One Love Foundation," and raise awareness about relationship violence.

They released a statement today after an appeals court in Virginia affirmed the second-degree murder conviction of George Huguely, the man found guilty of killing University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

Huguely was convicted in February 2012, in Charlottesville. His attorneys appealed, arguing he was denied his 6th Amendment right to counsel when one of his lawyers became ill during the trial. They also raised questions about jury selection and instructions. A three-judge panel affirmed the conviction.

Huguely and Love had been in a violent relationship and her family had urged her to get help. He killed her in May 2013, just weeks before she was to graduate from Virginia.

Sharon Love, Yeardley's mother, and her sister Lexie, released this statement following the ruling:

"We would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this entire process. We are relieved and ready to put this chapter behind us so that we can devote our full efforts towards building The One Love Foundation, and continue to raise awareness about relationship violence. We would also like to thank Dave Chapman and Leah Darron for their dedication and working tirelessly on Yeardley's behalf."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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