Love family withdraws civil suit against Huguely

The withdrawal comes after a federal appeals court ruled that Huguely’s insurance company did not have to cover any potential damages that could have been awarded in the Love family's suit

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George Huguely was previously tried and found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny. 

Courtesy Charlottesville Police Department

The family of Yeardley Love dropped its wrongful death lawsuit against George Huguely V Monday after a federal appeals court ruled Huguely’s insurance company does not have to cover any potential damages.

Huguely killed Love — his ex-girlfriend — in 2010 and was found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny two years later. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Both were fourth-year College students and members of the varsity lacrosse teams at the time of the murder.

In a civil wrongful death suit filed in 2012, Love family sought $29.45 million from Huguely, and the case was set for a July jury trial. But in May, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland upheld a federal judge’s 2017 decision that Huguely’s insurance company, Chartis Property Casualty Co., would not have to pay a $6 million policy that could then be used to cover any potential damages awarded in the Love family’s case against Huguely.  

On Monday, Charlottesville Circuit Court judge Richard Moore granted a nonsuit — meaning the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence — to Love’s family. The family has six months to refile.

Huguely’s attorney Matthew Green asked Moore to delay a ruling on the nonsuit until June 20, giving the defense more time to prepare for trial, but Moore sided with the plaintiffs.

As of press time, the Love family has not said whether or not they plan to refile the suit.

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