George W. Huguely V appealed his second-degree murder and grand larceny convictions Tuesday morning in Charlottesville Circuit Court. The case will now move to the Virginia Court of Appeals in Richmond.
The notice of appeal indicated that Francis McQ. Lawrence and Rhonda Quagliana will continue to serve as Huguely’s defense counsel. The new filing also listed Craig S. Cooley, a Richmond-based attorney, as additional defense counsel.
In February, Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder and grand larceny in connection with the May 2010 death of ex-girlfriend and fellow University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Last month, Judge Edward Hogshire sentenced him to a total of 23 years in prison for the crimes.
Love was found dead in her 14th Street Northwest apartment in May 2010, just weeks before she and Huguely would have graduated.
In previous hearings and court filings, Lawrence and Quagliana argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict Huguely of either crime.
Quagliana fell ill unexpectedly during the trial, and the lawyers asked for a new trial on the grounds that Hogshire should not have permitted the trial to go on in her absence. They also objected to the admission of several jurors to the jury pool, and said the court erred in limiting two of the defense’s expert witness testimony after improper emails between the witnesses and Quagliana surfaced during the three-week jury trial in February. Hogshire denied their request for a new trial.
Huguely already has served two years of his sentence at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Larry Traylor, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said Huguely has been transferred to state custody.
Huguely arrived Tuesday at the Powhatan Correctional Center.
“After he goes through the classification process, he will be assigned to a more permanent facility,” Traylor said in an email Tuesday afternoon.
The case’s court reporter is required by law to have the full transcript — including everything from jury selection to the sentencing hearing — prepared within 60 days of the entry of the sentencing order, at which time Clerk of Court Llezelle Dugger will prepare the case to be transmitted to the appellate court.
State code requires defense counsel to file any petition for appeal within 40 days of being notified of the record’s delivery. The defense is not required to take any further action until that time. What was filed Tuesday was a notice of appeal, a preliminary step.
A Virginia Court of Appeals judge will review the defense’s petition, and decide whether an appeal should be granted. The appellate judge has the right to refuse or dismiss the case.