Huguely wants hearing on claims of prosecutor misconduct

George W. Huguely V’s lawyers have asked a Charlottesville circuit court judge to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine whether prosecutors in his murder trial withheld exculpatory evidence. A proceeding to consider the request is set for July 31.

Huguely, 24, was convicted of second degree murder this winter in the alcohol-fueled beating death of his University of Virginia girlfriend, Yeardley Love, who was from Cockeysville. The former lacrosse player is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 30.

His lawyers have asked for a new trial, claiming in court papers filed Monday that Commonwealth Attorney Warner “Dave” Chapman did not disclose imminent plans by Love’s family to file a $30.5 million lawsuit against Huguely. If they had known this during the criminal case, the lawyers allege the would have sought to impeach Sharon and Lexie Love, Yeardley’s mother and sister, as witnesses because of potential bias.

If granted an evidentiary hearing, Huguely’s lawyers intend to call the women to the witness stand, according to court records.

In an earlier court filing, Chapman denied any impropriety in his handling of the case.

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