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Yeardley Love’s mother sues George Huguely

The mother of Yeardley Love has sued her daughter’s ex-boyfriend and convicted killer, George Huguely V of Chevy Chase, for $30 million in damages, saying in a court filing Thursday that Huguely acted with “reckless indifference,” and “negligence” in Love’s 2010 death.

George Huguely V is escorted by a sheriff's deputy as he arrives for his trial at the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse on Feb. 22. (Steve Helber/AP)

Love’s roommates found her body in their off-campus apartment early on May 3, 2010, a few hours after Huguely left, testimony showed. Huguely and Love were seniors at the University of Virginia and both played varsity lacrosse.

In a taped police interview played at trial, Huguely told detectives he knew Love, 20, was bleeding when he left but had not called for paramedics because she did not seem badly hurt.

Huguely “willfully and maliciously” harmed Love and caused her death, according to the civil lawsuit filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court by Love’s survivors: her mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie. They have asked for a jury trial and are seeking $29.5 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages for “sorrow, mental anguish” and other losses of her companionship.

Huguely comes from a family with a well-established lumber and building supply business in the Washington area.

Love, 20, was from Cockeysville, a Baltimore suburb. She and Huguely had dated on-and-off for a few years but as graduation approached had engaged in some public heated and physical arguments over romantic rivals and over his heavy drinking, several roommates and teammates testified at trial.

Huguely remains in regional jail in Charlottesville where he has been held since his arrest. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30 by Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire. Jurors recommended 25 years for the murder conviction and one year for a grand larceny conviction for Huguely’s theft of Love’s laptop the night of their argument. Under Virginia law, the judge can accept or lower the jury’s recommendation, but not increase it.

View Photo Gallery: A look back at the case.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.


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