Yeardley Love's Mother Sues Lacrosse Coaches Over Daughter's Death


"The University does not comment on legal proceedings," Carol Wood, associate vice president and UVA spokeswoman, told in an email.

The state vows it will "vigorously defend" the case.

"We are aware that suit has been filed, but, to date, the plaintiff has not sought to have it served on the commonwealth defendants," Brian J. Gottstein, director of communication for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, told in an email.

Over 10 days in court, jurors listened to testimony from nearly 60 witnesses and saw a video of Huguely's police statement, graphic photos of Love's battered body, and read text and email correspondence between the two.

Neither the prosecution nor the defense denied that Huguely was in Love's room the night of her death and was involved in an altercation with her. They differed on the severity of the encounter and whether Huguely was directly and intentionally responsible for Love's death.

Huguely's attorneys Fran Lawrence and Rhonda Quagliana did not immediately respond to requests for comment from regarding the lawsuit. The defense team has expressed their desire for a retrial in court.

In February, the jury recommended 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction and one year for a grand larceny conviction. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it. Huguely's sentencing date has been set for Aug. 30.

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